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Title: Remember the Ship: Narrating the Empire Windrush
Authors: Lowe, H
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2018, tbc (tbc)
Abstract: Despite the ubiquity of the SS Empire Windrush as a symbol of postwar Caribbean migration to Britain, there are few literary evocations of its journey and arrival, and of those, the majority are literary commissions from 1998, the year in which the ship was to become legendary. The synthetic nature of the literary engagement with the ship confirms its own construction as an historical event made retrospectively famous. This article describes and interrogates the 1998 rise to prominence of the Windrush, before examining the relationship of the actual ship to literary/cultural criticism and literary works. It contends that the small body of poetic and fictional narratives about the Windrush both problematize elements of a dominant Windrush narrative while simultaneously confirming the ship’s primacy.
ISSN: 1744-9855
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