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    Sam Selvon's, "The Lonely Londoners" and the structure of black metropolitan life

    Msiska, Mpalive-Hangson (2009) Sam Selvon's, "The Lonely Londoners" and the structure of black metropolitan life. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 2 (1), pp. 5-27. ISSN I752-8631.

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    The paper argues that Sam Selvon’s novel The Lonely Londoners (1956), whilst offering a study of the metropolitan experience of post-war African and Caribbean immigrants to London, gives profound insights into the fundamental structure of Black metropolitan subjectivity generally. The theoretical work of Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Stuart Hall and, Paul Gilroy, among others, is used to illuminate particular aspects of the location of the Black subject in the London metropolis. The paper concludes by arguing that the novel’s rendering of Diasporic metropolitan life works with a dialectical shift in the perception of the character of the metropolis.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): black metropolis, black British writing, Sam Selvon, black flaneur, utopia and dystopia, African and black diaspora
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Mpalive-Hangson Msiska
    Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2013 15:20
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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