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Commonwealth of LettersBritish Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics$
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Peter J. Kalliney

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.001.0001

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Metropolitan Modernism and Its West Indian Interlocutors

Metropolitan Modernism and Its West Indian Interlocutors

(p.116) 4. Metropolitan Modernism and Its West Indian Interlocutors
Commonwealth of Letters

Peter J. Kalliney

Oxford University Press

Chapter Four examines the BBC's role as a major patron of Caribbean writing in the 1950s and 60s through Caribbean Voices, a weekly literary program. Using extensive archival sources, this chapter argues that the BBC served both imperialist and anti-imperialist agendas at the same time. Although the BBC, through its overseas programming, was designed to maintain a cultural empire of English speakers, Caribbean writers used the organization for their own purposes, allowing them to subtly criticize metropolitan dominance. Additionally, important "Windrush" writers such as George Lamming, VS Naipaul, and Sam Selvon parlayed their experience at the BBC into concrete professional opportunities in London.

Keywords:   Radio Broadcasting, British Literature, Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature, George Lamming, VS Naipaul, Andrew Salkey, Sam Selvon, Stephen Spender

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