Routledge – 2013 – 178 pages
Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers
Paul Gilroy has been a controversial force at the forefront of debates around race, nation, and diaspora. Working across a broad range of disciplines, Gilroy has argued that racial identities are historically constructed, formed by colonization, slavery, nationalist philosophies, and consumer capitalism.
Paul Williams introduces Gilroy’s key themes and ideas, including:
Emphasizing the timeliness and global relevance of Gilroy’s ideas, this guide will appeal to anyone approaching Gilroy’s work for the first time or seeking to further their understanding of race and contemporary culture.
Why Gilroy? Gilroy’s Influences 1. Ethnic Absolutism 2. Civilizationism 3. Race is Ordinary 4. Postcolonial Melancholia in the UK 5. The Black Atlantic I: A Counterculture of Modernity 6. The Black Atlantic II: The Politics of Vernacular Culture 7. Iconization 8. The Black Atlantic III: Diaspora and the Transnational Study of Visual Culture After Gilroy
Dr Paul Williams is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Exeter, UK.