By Kim Robinson-Walcott
The booklet presents a close research of 2 Winkler novels (The Lunatic and The Duppy) and an autobiographical paintings (Going domestic to Teach). In analyzing those texts the writer Robinson-Walcott, highlights points of Winkler’s adventure that have contributed to shaping his specified, “out-of-order” imaginative and prescient.
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Such determination to elevate oneself can have tragic resonances, in both its causes and its consequences. Repeatedly in the works of white West Indian writers one encounters the notion of the mulatto as doomed: fated because of white blood to achieve more than the black person, but doomed because of black blood to achieve less than desired; fated to aspire towards a white lifestyle, to reject the lot of the black person, but doomed to rejection by the white society because of the taint of black blood, and to rejection by Winkler and White West Indian Writing 35 the black society because of jealousy over the privileges accompanying the white blood; doomed, then, to frustration, dissatisfaction, unbelonging.
In his autobiographical Jamaica Farewell (1978),10 as well as in the majority of his columns, a genuine if paternalistic affection for his countrymen is evident, which underscores his concern for the future of his country. Winkler and White West Indian Writing 23 Cargill’s politics were unapologetically conservative; nevertheless, his sympathies were, at least to some extent, with the poor. His paternalistic distancing is easier to forgive than the flagrantly racist arrogance displayed by Emtage.
And Winkler relates, “I was often set upon by swarms of street urchins and beaten in the streets for no other reason but that I was white. . [I]n my heart I felt I deserved their abuse” (Going Home, 16). Such guilt is a condition commonly expressed in the fiction of other white West Indian writers. It is significant in Allfrey’s The Orchid House (and partially assuaged by the figure of the socialist Joan). In Drayton’s novel, young Christopher is horrified when he gradually becomes aware of social Winkler and White West Indian Writing 43 injustices.