V.S Naipaul and George Lamming at the BBC: Reconsidering the Windrush Generation’s Political Art

  • Alex Fabrizio Nicholls State University
Keywords: George Lamming, V.S. Naipaul, BBC Caribbean Voices, Windrush, anticolonial critique


This article reconsiders V. S. Naipaul’s cultural politics by attending to his BBC work in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Because of Naipaul’s skepticism of Caribbean autonomy in his later life, critics have overlooked his anticolonial and antiracist critique in the midcentury. This elision has led to a simplification of the Windrush generation’s cultural politics. Through extensive archival work, including the examination of a heretofore unexplored Third Programme discussion, this article sheds new light on the multifarious ways that Windrush writers, particularly Naipaul and George Lamming, worked out their mutual desire for aesthetic and cultural autonomy for Caribbean writers.

Author Biography

Alex Fabrizio, Nicholls State University

Alex Fabrizio is assistant professor of modern and postmodern British literature at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Her work on Jean Rhys and Elma Napier is forthcoming in The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945. Alex holds an MFA from Ohio State University and has published a volume of poetry with Kent State University Press. She is currently completing a monograph, In Between Places: Fictions of British Decolonization.