Caryl Phillips' "Cambridge" - The Ambiguity of a Slave’s by Marylise Thill

By Marylise Thill

Seminar paper from the yr 2011 within the topic English Language and Literature stories - Literature, grade: thirteen, collage of Louvain, language: English, summary: In our postcolonial time, many novels have tackled and nonetheless take on concerns comparable to slavery, racism, belonging and identification. during this essay, we are going to typically specialise in one writer that belongs to this wave, specifically Caryl Phillips. He used to be born in St. Kitts, a Caribbean island, in 1958.1 He “came to Britain on the age of 4 months [...] and studied English Literature at Oxford University”.2 he's presently a widely known postcolonial author whose works principally concentration “on the legacy of the Atlantic slave exchange and its outcomes for the African Diaspora”.1 during this essay, we'll research Phillips’ fourth novel, Cambridge3, which gained the Sunday instances younger author of the 12 months Award.1 we'll care for the problem of the identification of the slaves, particularly just about naming. in truth, slaves have been consistently given a brand new identify by means of their vendors. hence, we'll study the effect of this naming at the slaves’ id and the paradox to which it may well lead. notwithstanding, we'll first offer a definition of the idea that of “identity”. Then, we'll plow through how naming used to be utilized within the historical past of the slaves and what used to be its value. eventually, we'll adopt an research of 2 characters of Cambridge and concentrate on their id near to their assorted names. additionally, we are going to discuss with one other contemporary postcolonial novel, particularly The lengthy Song4 by means of Andrea Levy.

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