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Borders in the English-Speaking World

Sandrine Baudry
Hélène Ibata
Monica Manolescu


“dark strangers crossing the nation’s threshold”:1 Confinement and Border Crossings in the Fiction of George Lamming and Sam Selvon

Silvia Gerlsbeck

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I. Seventy Years On: The Legacy of Windrush

In the cultural imaginary, the docking of the Empire Windrush on June 22, 1948, at Tilbury, which brought the first labourers from Jamaica and Trinidad to Essex, has become almost synonymous with the beginning of mass migratory movements to Great Britain and with the Caribbean diaspora especially.2 2018 marked the seventieth anniversary of this watershed moment, yet 2018 also witnessed a nationwide scandal in that respect: while the generation of immigrants who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from the West Indies, coming from the British colonies, entered the UK legally as Commonwealth citizens, their citizenship has recently become uncertain, culminating in the so-called “Windrush scandal” in April 2018, a scandal that has come to stand emblematically for Britain’s ever-complicated relationship with its former colonies and the “hostile environment” the conservative government under Theresa May has created for immigrants in Great Br...


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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