Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene
In July 1932, Una Marson arrived in London from Jamaica and became part of a small but significant population of Afro-Caribbean students and intellectuals living in the city long before the boom of West Indian immigration after the Second World War. A writer, poet, and political activist, Marson produced her own portrait of the 1930s London scene that seems at times a world apart from that of Woolf, though the writers shared several spatial and social networks. If Marson and Woolf seem, at best, to inhabit different planes within the same space, a closer look reveals that a version of the transnational society of outsiders that Woolf would fully articulate in Three Guineas was already being imagined within Bloomsbury's colonial community. This chapter focuses on the possibilities for social exchange and cosmopolitan belonging as imagined by Una Marson, particularly in her most sustained treatment of the imperial metropolis, her play London Calling, produced in 1937.
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