Primary Sources

These primary sources are a constantly evolving list of periodical literature (magazines, ephemera, newspapers, pamphlets, etc) and creative writing that structures the field of postcolonial print cultures. Here you can find topics relating to anti-colonial journalism, the construction of emerging national literatures through periodicals, creative writing published in magazines, unpublished/re-discovered literary texts, and press freedom, among others.

Periodical Literature

Amrita Bazar Patrika. Indian newspaper, first published in 1868, in Bengali and English.

The Black man : a monthly magazine of Negro thought and opinion. Founded by Marcus Garvey, active in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Caribbean Review of Books. 1991-current.

Dharmyug. Hindi middle-brow literary magazine, 1949-1993, India.

Gold Coast Leader. West African newspaper, 1902-current.

The Indian PEN. 1934-current.

International African Opinion. Journal founded by CLR James and George Padmore in 1938, focusing on anti-colonial opposition to Western imperialism from a Black/Black diasporic position.

Jamaican Gleaner. Daily newspaper, previously published as the Jamaican Daily Gleaner. 1834-current.

Lotus: Afro-Asian Writings. Third-Worldist periodical in Arabic, English and French, 1968-early 1990s, Cairo and other locations.

Al-Majalla al-Jadida (The New Magazine). Avant-garde, left-wing journal published in Egypt, 1929-1944.

The Negro Worker. The newspaper of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers, 1931-37.

Quest. Indian cultural journal, 1954-1975.

Shama. Urdu film journal.

Al-Tatawwur (Development). Avant-garde, left-wing journal published in Egypt, 1940.

Creative Works

McKay, Claude. Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem. Penguin-Random House, 2017.

Doctoral student Jean-Christophe Cloutier and his advisor, Professor Brent Edwards, have recently announced the discovery of a hitherto unknown manuscript from 1941 by the Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay (1889-1948). Edwards has asserted that the novel will eventually come to be seen as “the key political novel of black intellectual life in New York in the late 1930s.” Cloutier’s dissertation project (“Archival Vagabonds: 20th Century American Fiction and the Archive in Novelistic Practice”) will include the first scholarly analysis of the previously unknown text.