Coolitude is both an intellectual interpretation of and a poetic and artistic immersion into the world of the vanished coolie. This collection of previously unpublished texts, poems and sketches captures the essence of the Indian plantation experience and deconstructs traditional depictions of the status of the coolie in the British Empire.
The concept of 'Coolitude' encompasses the experiences of first generation workers together with those of their descendants spread across the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean islands today. The symbolic value of the word lies in both the scope it gives us to interpret the specificities of the coolie experience and its use as a comparative tool. The book embraces 'Coolitude' in its various incarnations: the shared experience of the voyaging migrants, the walk from village to port town and the weeks spent on board ship. All Coolies, irrespective of whether they went to Fiji, South Africa, the West Indies or the Indian Ocean islands, underwent an exile from their Indian homeland. Coolitude emphasizes their shared history.
The concept of 'Coolitude' parallels that of 'Negritude', pioneered by Clive James and other African and Carribean intellectuals in the 1950s and 1960s, and could have an equally profound cultural impact...this book is both politically and intellectually ambitious. Marina Carter is one of the most highly regarded historians of the Indian Ocean. Her co-author is a poet and intellectual, a veritable giant in France...the list of his achievements goes one and on.' Crispin Bates, Ph.D, University of Edinburgh.
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Coolitude: An Anthology of the Indian Labour Diaspora
Marina Carter,Khal Torabully
Limited preview - 2002
81 Samaroo eds aesthetic African attitude to identity baroque Bhojpuri British Cabon Calcutta Cale d’Etoiles Caribbean caste Césaire Chair Corail character colonial Confiant coolie descendants Coolie Odyssey coolie’s coolitude cre'olite Creole society créolité creolization cultural Cyril Dabydeen Dabydeen 81 Samaroo David Dabydeen depot engaged exile expressed fact Fiji Fragments Coolies French Glissant Guadeloupe Guyana Hindu homeland imaginaire immigrant important indentured labourers Indian descendants Indian Diaspora Indian labourer Indian women Indies Indo-Caribbean Indo-Mauritian island Khal Torabully land language langue literary literature Madras Mahadai Das Marcel Cabon Martinique Mauritian Mauritius memory migration mosaic movement Naipaul Natal native ne'gritude négritude negro novel one’s original overseas Indian paradox Paris Petition plantation planter plantocratic plural poetics port Protector qu’il Quoted race recruiters relation Reunion ship sirdar slave slavery social space stereotype terre tion Torabully Trinidad village vision voyage West Indian words writer