"James loves cricket above everything else, not because it is a sport, but because he has found in it all the decencies required for a culture." (Derek Walcott)
C.L.R. James was a novelist, journalist, historian, Marxist radical. He also wrote Beyond A Boundary which, upon its publication in 1963, was described by John Arlott as "the finest book written about the game of cricket". To mark the current test series between England and the West Indies, the Colloquium is staging a rare screening of C.L.R. JAMES'S FIRST CRICKET XI. This little-known television film, shot in the small Railton Road, Brixton flat where he lived during his final years, features James looking back at the history of the sport, making lyrical claims for its political and philosophical importance, and drawing up a list of the best players across the century.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
Supported by the Department of English, NYU
THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE (est. 2007): falling and laughing...