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  • Foreword. Opening Up / David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsbjerg, and Andrew Smith  vii
    Introduction. Beyond a Boundary at Fifty / David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsbjerg, and Andrew Smith  1
    Part I: Cricket, Empire, and the Caribbean
    1. C. L. R. James: Plumbing His Caribbean Roots / Selwyn R. Cudjoe  35
    2. C. L. R. James's "British Civilization"? Exploring the "Dark Unfathomed Caves" of Beyond a Boundary / Christian Høgsbjerg  51
    3. The Boundaries of Publication: The Making of Beyond a Boundary / Roy McCree 72
    4. "West Indian Through and Through, and Very British": C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary, Coloniality, and Theorizing Caribbean Independence / Minkah Makalani  88
    5. Looking Beyond the Boundary, or Bondmen without the Bat: Modernism and Culture in the Worldview of C. L. R. James / David Austin  103
    Part II. The Politics of Representation in Beyond a Boundary
    6. "Periodically I Pondered over It": Reading he Absence/Presence of Women in Beyond a Boundary / Anima Adjepong  123
    7. C. L. R. James, W. G. Grace, and the Representative Claim / Neil Washbourne  137
    8. Shannonism: Learie Constantine and the Origins of C. L. R. James's Worrell Captaincy Campaign of 1959–60: A Preliminary Assessment / Clem Seecharan  153
    Part III: Art, History, and Culture in C. L. R. James
    9. C. L. R. James and the Arts of Beyond a Boundary: Literary Lessons, Cricketing Aesthetics, and World-Historical Heroes / Claire Westall  173
    10. The Very Stuff of Human Life: C. L. R. James on Cricket, History, and Human Nature / Andrew Smith  191
    11. C. L. R. James: Beyond the Boundaries of Culture / Paget Henry  204
    Part IV: Reflections
    12. Socrates and C. L. R. James / Michael Brearley  223
    13. My Journey to James: Cricket, Caribbean Identity, and Cricket Writing / Hilary McD. Beckles  240
    14. Confronting Imperial Boundaries / Selma James  254
    Appendix. What Do They Know of England? / C. L. R. James  263
    References  276
    Contributors  283
    Index  287
  • Anima Adjepong

    David Austin

    Hilary McD Beckles

    Michael Brearley

    Selwyn Cudjoe

    Paget Henry

    C. L. R. James

    Minkah Makalani

    Selma James

    Clem Seecharan

    Roy McCree

    Claire Westall

    Neil Washbourne

  • “Few books of the twentieth century inhabit the core of life and carry such human insight as C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary, certainly not with sport as their subject. Marxism, Colonialism and Cricket brings together a series of new reflective essays on James's epochal book by writers of the Caribbean, America, and the United Kingdom—from England's greatest cricket captain to a cricket-loving vice-chancellor at the University of the West Indies. Half a century after its first publication, Beyond a Boundary still creates profound depths of response and entirely fresh critical understanding.” — Chris Searle, author of, Pitch of Life: Writings on Cricket

    “With the publication of Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket we finally have a critical volume dedicated to C. L. R. James's seminal text worthy of the original. The stellar lineup of contributors is as broad and impressive as Beyond a Boundary itself. Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket will quickly become required reading for those not just interested in the intellectual and political life of C. L. R. James but, as importantly, in how we make sense of the contested political terrain of popular culture and sports in the twenty-first century.” — Ben Carrington, author of, Race, Sport, and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora

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    Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential sports books of all time, C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary is—among other things—a pioneering study of popular culture, an analysis of resistance to empire and racism, and a personal reflection on the history of colonialism and its effects in the Caribbean. More than fifty years after the publication of James's classic text, the contributors to Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket investigate Beyond a Boundary's production and reception and its implication for debates about sports, gender, aesthetics, race, popular culture, politics, imperialism, and English and Caribbean identity. Including a previously unseen first draft of Beyond a Boundary's conclusion alongside contributions from James's key collaborator Selma James and from Michael Brearley, former captain of the English Test cricket team, Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket provides a thorough and nuanced examination of James's groundbreaking work and its lasting impact.

    Contributors. Anima Adjepong, David Austin, Hilary McD. Beckles, Michael Brearley, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Paget Henry, Christian Høgsbjerg, C. L. R. James, Selma James, Roy McCree, Minkah Makalani, Clem Seecharan, Andrew Smith, Neil Washbourne, Claire Westall

    About The Author(s)

    David Featherstone is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow.

    Christopher Gair is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

    Christian Høgsbjerg is Lecturer in Critical History and Politics at the University of Brighton.

    Andrew Smith is Reader in Sociology at the University of Glasgow.

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