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The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY
The new edition of the novel published by Calaloux Publications RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY by Stephen Nathaniel Cobham [PDF]
The Cudjoe Collection of Trinidad and Tobago Literature With an Introduction by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe is a professor of Literature at
Wellesley College


Identity and Caribbean Literature
A lecture delivered to the Japanese Black Studies
Association at Nara Women's College, Nara, Japan.


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A sacrificial lamb November 28, 2022
Two weeks ago I spoke about the incivility in our political culture and the need to refrain from making savage attacks against one another. Many people responded favourably to my article. Richard de Lima, writing from Ontario, Canada, observed: "I have been reading your columns in the Express several years, which though always informative, sometimes stimulating, and often entertaining, have not prompted me to write you before. On this occasion, I feel obliged to extend my compliments to you on the penetrating remarks made about the conduct of PNM ministers and other senior party officials in regard to challengers for various positions in the forthcoming party elections. Full Article

'Where Is There?' November 21, 2022
There is a wonderful exchange in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland between Alice and the Cheshire Cat that is relevant to Karen Nunez-Tesheira's quest to become the leader of the People's National Movement (PNM). Full Article

No place to hide November 14, 2022
Things have been warming up (or deteriorating) lately in the political arena among those who see others as pothounds; those who consider themselves as thoroughbreds; and those who accuse challengers of the established order as possessing sinister motives. Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua - Pt VI November 07, 2022
On June 27 I received the following e-mail from Margaret Heath, a relative of William Hardin Burnley (WHB). It read: "I thought you might be interested to know that my brother, as executor of my mother's estate, has just informed me he has consigned a trunkful of extensive family papers that belonged to William Burnley and his son, Frederick Burnley, to Paul Laidlow, Auctioneers, Carlisle, to be included in their sale of July 1st/2nd." Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua - Pt V October 31, 2022
Last Wednesday, I had lunch with Caroline Elkins, the author of the very important book, Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire. A founding director of Harvard's Center for African Studies, Elkins is also a professor of history and African and African American studies at Harvard University. As a product of a colonial education, I was particularly impressed with the depth and thoroughness of her study. Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua - Pt IV October 24, 2022
I began this series with the truism that the little people who come out of the cane fields and the rice paddies are the salt of the society. They are the ones who do what they must do to enhance the society because they believe they are a part of something bigger than themselves, something called community. Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua - Pt III October 17, 2022
On May 8, 1982, I delivered a lecture, "The Village Council as an Organ of Popular Democracy", at the Tacarigua Village Council on the eve of its 350-year anniversary, the village having entered its name into the island's vocabulary in 1634 when it was identified as one of the four encomiendas at the foothills of the Northern Range. Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua - Pt II October 10, 2022
The Tacarigua Village Council was inaugurated on May 23, 1946. Vernon Scott, the principal of Tacarigua EC School, was the first president of the council. Since then, a long line of villagers presided over the council and worked tirelessly, without pay, to keep the centre going until today. David King, a life-long member of the Village Council, defined the Village Council as "the eyes and ears of the community. Itís designed to secure social and cultural amenities for the district". Full Article

Celebrating the 46th Anniversary of the Republic Day, Trinidad and Tobago October 08, 2022
I am pleased that your president, Nigel Scott, has invited me to address you on the 46th Anniversary of our Republic even though I prefer to see the evolution of our political independent life beginning in 1962. In this context, I would also like to pay my respects to H. E. Brigadier General Anthony W. J. Phillips-Spence, Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Washington, D.C. What I am sure that your president did not tell you is that in 1962 both of us were invited by Dr. Eric Williams, Premier of Trinidad and Tobago, to attend a three-day meeting at Queen's Hall, Port of Spain, to discuss a draft of the first Independence constitution. The meeting took place from April 25-27, 1962. The invitation read in part: Full Article

Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua October 03, 2022
I want to congratulate Ulric "Buggy" Haynes, a recipient of a Hummingbird Medal. Not only is Buggy deserving of this award, but it's the kind of story we need to tell our children about the heights great men have reached and kept. His is part of a larger story of community that the Ministry of Sport and Community Development (S&CD) should keep in mind. Full Article

Rituals of grief September 26, 2022
I didn't expect to spend so much time looking at the funeral of Elizabeth II. I was intrigued by the spectacle made of death (a display put on for its visual effect and impact) and the ritual of grief (a solemn ceremony performed according to a prescribed order) that was enacted before millions of people. Full Article


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