Caryl Phillips, author of nine novels, several books of non-fiction, anthologies, a travel narrative, and other pieces for radio, television, theater, and film, is visiting Dartmouth this summer as a Montgomery Fellow. He is teaching a course for the English department, Race and Class in Postwar British Fiction, and recently recorded an interview for Dartmouth's podcast series, "Views from the Green."
Author Caryl Phillips, pictured in Dartmouth's Montgomery House, speaks about class and race in a recent podcast interview.
In the interview, conducted by Gretchen Gerzina, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography and chair of the English department, Phillips talked about the differences between the American and British experiences of class, saying, "The fact that 33 percent of the wealth in [the U.S.] is owned by 1 percent of the population tells you that there is not the trickle-down, kind of equitable, fair distribution of means and equality of opportunity that some people like to imagine in this country."
Of Dartmouth, Phillips said, "I think I would have loved to have been here as a student ... having four years in which you can actually feel a sense of community with students [and] faculty. I think I would have loved it."
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Last Updated: 12/17/08