When Seeing Is Believing: Enduring Injustice in Merle Collins’s The Colour of Forgetting

  • Alison DonnellEmail author
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


Most narratives of Caribbean cultures and places represent indigenous characters as an exceptional, inscrutable, presence. Donnell reads the altered consciousness of Carib in Merle Collins’s 1995 novel, The Colour of Forgetting, as voicing a sentience of transgenerational dispossessions from land and history that cannot otherwise be heard. Drawing on political philosopher Jeff Spinner-Halev’s concept of enduring injustice and his call to focus on injustices rooted in the past as a means to understand and address contemporary wrongs, Donnell argues for Carib’s extraordinary memory of colonial violence as a means to approach the trauma of the imploded Grenada Revolution in 1983. Through Carib, Collins remembers histories of enslavement, colonialism, and plantation labour that have compromised co-belonging and asserts the significant work of memory for the present.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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