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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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Has the People's Lawyer lost his way? October 18, 2021
When the Opposition gave notice last week that it intended to file a vote of no confidence in Faris Al-Rawi, it was another sequel in an ongoing battle to get rid of one of the most inefficient attorneys general our country has ever known.
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We Ent Wukking Anyhow October 11, 2021
Karen Tesheira, in an insightful presentation on the budget 2022 statement, said, "A budget is far more than a number of figures cobbled together. It speaks to the government priorities, its values, its vision and its imperatives—in other words, its strategic plan for its citizenry." Full Article

Eroding Public Confidence in Our Institutions October 04, 2021
I was trying my best to stay out of de commess until someone sent me a Facebook post that read: "That's Faris's Porsche that Roger has been driving around over the past two years." The post also showed a photograph of the SUV number plate attached as well as a "Title of Certification." Quickly thereafter the Express reported: "There have been suggestions of a link between Al-Rawi, [Roger] Kawalsingh, and Gary Griffith and on investigation that this alleged link has compromised the work of PolSC [Police Service Commission]." Full Article

Criminalizing Civil Infractions September 27, 2021
I always wonder why an inefficient government demands that its citizens be efficient when it represents the epitome of inefficiency. Recently, the government put out its regulations regarding its intention to collect “Property Tax” which requires "that every person in possession of residential land, commercial land, agricultural land or a combination of any of the above (mixed use) in Trinidad and Tobago furnish a return containing the particulars…on or before 30th November 2021." Failure to comply with the requirement constitutes "a criminal offence which is punishable by a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000)." Full Article

Decentering Dr. Williams— Denigrating the PNM - Pt III
September 20, 2021
On January 29, 2011, I delivered a lecture on the pitfalls of multiculturalism, at a Multiculturalism Conference at Gaston Court, Chaguanas. It was sponsored by GOPIO (T&T), the leading purveyor of Indian culture, when then-PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar introduced her cultural policy to engender greater equity within the society. Full Article

Decentering Dr. Williams— Denigrating the PNM - Pt II
September 14, 2021
If V. S. Naipaul was Kirk Meighoo's intellectual guru initially, he later turned to Lloyd Best for intellectual guidance and direction. Since a "half-made society" (a term that Naipaul used disparagingly) is a literary conceit it could not bear the sociological weight that Meighoo thrust upon it. Meighoo argued that Politics in a Half-Made Society (hereafter Politics) was "a slight reworking" of his doctoral dissertation. This led Anton L. Allahar, professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, to write: "I have never seen a doctoral dissertation in the social sciences that was devoid of a theoretical perspective and a clear statement of methodology." (Caribbean Studies, 2005). Full Article

Decentering Dr. Williams; Denigrating the PNM
September 06, 2021
Dr. Kirk Meighoo is one of our better scholars. I have followed his academic progress since he was a student at the University of the West Indies. In his well-researched book Politics in a Half-Made Society (2003), he argued that societies such as T&T "have not yet established enduring, meaningful standards of their own. They are societies still in formation and unmade, without a firm foundation (intellectual, cultural, political, military, and/or economic), and in which solidity is elusive." Although I disagree with his central thesis (taken from the work of Vidia Naipaul whom he calls one of T&T's "great philosophers") I still think his book is a worthwhile read. Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 3 August 31, 2021
Painting was LeRoy Clarke's true forte, but he was equally adept at poetry. In Parables of Joyless Days, Clarke described himself as "The Poet Who Paints With Words." In 1981, he shocked our sensibilities when he cried: "Carpenter, shoemaker, dancer, wirebender,/ let me be the Artist—Poet—Farmer./ I will fork this earth, with my tongue/ let me plunge into your ear/ through syllables of violet, the science of turquoise, / through populous ochres and energetic reds/ through fathomless greens, through supplicant blue, / through the arterial vegetation of the rainbow" (Douens). Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 2 August 23, 2021
In the 1950s a modern phase of T&T's artistic development revealed itself in the paintings of M. P. Alladin, Geoffrey and Boscoe Holder, Leo Basso, Alfred Codallo, and Carlisle Chang. In "Painting in Trinidad and Tobago," Pat Bishop declared: "These painters were not merely taking the brave step of painting in black face but were also prepared to participate in the modification or destruction of traditional image making." Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 1 August 16, 2021
No creative personality writes, paints or sculpts outside of his/her time and place. Necessarily a product of his history and his geography, s/he always tries to cast a light on the perils that confront his people. In so doing, s/he reflects on the truths and failings of humanity as well. LeRoy Clarke, our master-blaster, resided in that elevated region of greatness. He took on the persona “The Eye” to illuminate the perils that confronted his nation. In the words of our Orisha devotees, he was a Seer (he would have said Obeah) man, who strove assiduously to illumine the darkness that enveloped his people.
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Glorious days of the happy and the free August 09, 2021
More apprentices came to Government House on Saturday, August 2, to assert their freedom. There was "a visible increase of insolence in the behaviour of the Negroes. The muster around Government House continued, and His Excellency again attempted to persuade them to return to their work, but his efforts were fruitless. They first laughed at, and then hooted [we would say heckled] him" (PoS Gazette, August 5, 1834). Full Article


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