Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips


The experiences of new immigrants are often shaped by the personalities of the cities in which they choose to settle. In a recent lecture for the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, British author and playwright Caryl Phillips explores the cultural legacies of colonialism, with a particular focus on the historical and cultural connections between Europe, Africa and the Americas. He examines the immigrant experience of identity, place and belonging, interweaving threads from many of his novels that hinge on cultural and social dislocation associated with the migratory experience, slavery, racism, and stereotyping. Caryl Philips lecture is titled: Cities by the Water: Postcolonial History and Participation by Newcomers.

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