Marxism, Colonialism and Cricket

Forthcoming in October 2018 from the CLR James Archives series with Duke University Press…

Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary
Edited by David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsbjerg, Andrew Smith

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, as well as 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 Mike 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, Mike Brearley, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Paget Henry, Christian Høgsbjerg, Selma James, Roy McCree, Minkah Makalani, Clem Seecharan, Andrew Smith, Neil Washbourne, Claire Westall

Endorsements

“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’ epochal book, by writers of the Caribbean, America, and the U.K.—from England’s greatest cricket captain to a cricket-loving Vice-chancellor of 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

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