an independent academic publisher since 1985

book details

Bookmark and Share
Essays on Race and Empire 

Essays on Race and Empire

Written by: Nancy Cunard
Edited by: Maureen Moynagh

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: January 01, 2002
305pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551112305 / 1551112302

Buy Now

CDN & US $24.95

View Table of Contents

This edition assembles the major essays on race and imperialism written by Nancy Cunard in the 1930s and 1940s. As a British expatriate living in France, and as a politically-engaged poet, editor, publisher, and journalist, Nancy Cunard devoted much of her energy to the cause of racial justice.

This Broadview edition contextualizes Cunard's writings on race in terms of the relations among modernism, gender, and empire. It includes a range of contemporaneous documents that place her essays in dialogue with other European writers and with the work of writers of the African diaspora.


"This is a timely and much-needed edition." - Jane Marcus, CUNY Graduate Center and the City College of New York

"Assembling Cunard's key political writings on race and imperialism, and graced with a well-informed critical introduction, this beautifully conceived anthology also facilitates discussion of the complex intersections of gender with other issues and forms of identification in modernism. The appendices set Cunard's texts into their original relation with contemporary modernist debates. An invaluable resource." - Bonnie Kime Scott, San Diego State University

"This wonderful selection of Cunard's work gives us new insight into the race politics of the twentieth century and the modernist project. Moynagh's excellent introduction situates Cunard's writings and identifications in fascinating and illuminating ways. This is a terrific collection." - Laura Marcus, University of Sussex

"Moynagh's insightful, inclusive, yet theoretically specific introduction to this collection of Cunard's essays, complemented by a cogent selection of appendices, provide the relevant cultural and historical grounds to understand Cunard and the implications her work holds for current scholarship. Reading Cunard's essays through Moynagh's carefully crafted context makes possible further revisionist readings of modernism by situating Nancy Cunard and her writing on race and empire in a way that advances understanding of the interdependent relationship between radical politics, gender, race and modernism." - Holly McSpadden, Missouri Southern State University, in English Studies in Canada

Maureen Moynagh is an Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish.

Academics please note that this is a title classified as having a restricted allocation of complimentary copies. While the availability of bound complimentary copies is restricted to desk copies only, electronic complimentary copies are readily available for those professors wishing to consider this title for possible course adoption. Should you choose to adopt the book after viewing an electronic copy we will be happy to provide a bound desk copy.

Table of Contents: [Back to Top]



Nancy Cunard: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

A Note on the Appendices

Imperial Eyes:

                “Harlem Reviewed”

                “Jamaica—the Negro Island”

                The White Man’s Duty: An Analysis of the Colonial Question in Light of the Atlantic

Miscegenation Blues:

                Black Man and White Ladyship: An Anniversary

                “The American Moron and the American of Sense—Letters on the Negro”

The Red and the Black:

                “Scottsboro—and Other Scottsboros”

                “A Reactionary Negro Organisation: A Short Review of Dr. DuBois, The Crisis, and the
                NAACP in 1932”

Appendix A: Imperial Eyes

                Mary Gaunt, from Alone in West Africa (1912)

                Margery Perham, from West African Passage (1931-1932)

                C. L. R. James, from The Case for West-Indian Self-Government (1933)

Appendix B: Miscegenation Blues

Albert Edward Wiggam, from”Women’s Place in Race Improvement,” The Fruit of the Family Tree (1924)

                W. E. B. DuBois, “The Marrying of Black Folk” (1910)

                Ida B. Wells-Barnett, from Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases (1892)

Appendix C: The Red and the Black

                W. E. B. DuBois, “The Class Struggle” (1921)

                Richard Wright, from American Hunger ([1944] 1977)

Appendix D:

                Claude McKay, from A Long Way from Home: An Autobiography (1937)

Select Bibliography

Academics teaching relevant courses may request examination copies of titles to consider for text adoption. We ask that you limit your examination copy requests to three or fewer at a time; if you are not confident that you will adopt the book, please help us keep costs down by ordering it instead. If in the future you do decide to assign as a course text a book you have previously ordered personally, Broadview Press will be happy to refund your money.

Essays on Race and Empire

2002 • 305pp • Paperback • 9781551112305 / 1551112302

Instructors – Planning your syllabi? Consider this book for course use.

Request Exam Copy


Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.