Postcolonial Poetry in English

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Poetry and postcoloniality

For me, the post in post-colonial does not just mean after, it also
means around, through, out of, alongside, and against.

Albert Wendt, Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980

… a borrowed voice sets the true one
Free

A. K. Mehrotra, 'Borges'


Overview

The first section of this opening chapter defines the conditions under which the notion of 'postcolonial poetry'serves a meaningful function in literary and cultural studies. It describes the historical preoccupations and linguistic strategies that constitute the central link between poetry and postcoloniality. It also indicates how the method and organization of this book takes account of some of the pitfalls associated with the term 'postcolonial'. The second section provides a condensed account of the spread of English in the British Isles, and the ambivalence with which this was met from Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The significance of this motif is developed in section 3, which provides a reading of two poems about the relation between Ireland and England. These readings prefigure the analyses in Chapter 2, where the issues surveyed in the first chapter are extended to cultures and societies outside Britain.


1.1 Terms, contexts, and perspectives

Have you no language of your own
no way of doing things

-3-

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Table of contents

  • Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures i
  • Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Contents xi
  • Part I - Introduction 1
  • 1: Poetry and Postcoloniality 3
  • 2: Back to the Future 29
  • Part II - The Development of Local Traditions 53
  • 3: South Asia and Southeast Asia 55
  • 4: The Caribbean 80
  • 5: Black Africa 105
  • 6: The Settler Countries 130
  • Part III - Case Studies: Voice and Technique 157
  • 7: Minoritarian Sensibilities 159
  • 8: Techniquesofself-Representation 180
  • 9: Recurrent Motifs: Voyage and Translation 207
  • 10: After the 'Post-' 237
  • References 240
  • Index 259
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