Migration and Multiplicity of Belonging in Caryl Phillips

by Paola Della Valle

The themes of identity, belonging and its reverse, exclusion, have always been central to Caryl Phillips’ works of non-fiction and fiction. In particular, some essays published in two collections, A New World Order (2001) and Colour Me English (2011), and the novel A Distant Shore (2003) investigate to which extent refugees and immigrants are redesigning a new order in the modern globalised world and new notions of belonging and identification based on cultural plurality. In my article I will show the evolution of Phillips’ view on these topics in the first decade of the new millennium, with particular reference to the above-mentioned texts.