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Caribbean Series: Stuart Hall's Familiar Stranger

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UCL Institute of the Americas

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When Stuart Hall died he left a long unfinished manuscript, much of which took the form of a memoir. This has recently been published as Familiar Stranger. A Life Between Two Islands. It recreates his early emotional life, shaped as it was by his brown middle-class milieu in colonial Kingston. It tells us of his arriving in England in 1951, and of the means by which he recast his life, endeavouring all the while to free himself from the racialized, colonial imperatives which had entered his early life. He sought out a life which was other than that which he was destined to be.

This is a memoir which reflects on the consequences of a life displaced from itself; on politics; and on the redemptive possibilities of thought itself.

Bill Schwarz teaches Caribbean Literature at Queen Mary University of London.

Attendance to this event is free of charge, but registration is required. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.


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