Coolitude: Poetics of the Indian Labor Diaspora
In this project I take a look at the cultural productions of writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers who descend from indentured laborers from Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, Mauritius, South Africa, Fiji, and those in second diaspora in England, the United States, and Canada.
I chart the poetics of Coolitude, itself a queer cousin of Césaire's, Senghor's, and Damas's Négritude. Coolitude uses the labor economy of the British Empire to suggest a similarity in identities, not based on racial or ethnic sameness, but rather the function of the economic category Coolie.
In these pages are vocabularies, essays, book reviews, and writing prompts.