The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English / Edition 1

The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English / Edition 1

by Jahan Ramazani
     
 


In recent decades, much of the most vital literature written in English has come from the former colonies of Great Britain. But while postcolonial novelists have been widely celebrated, the achievements of postcolonial poets have been strangely neglected. In The Hybrid Muse, Jahan Ramazani argues that postcolonial poets have also dramatically expanded theSee more details below

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In recent decades, much of the most vital literature written in English has come from the former colonies of Great Britain. But while postcolonial novelists have been widely celebrated, the achievements of postcolonial poets have been strangely neglected. In The Hybrid Muse, Jahan Ramazani argues that postcolonial poets have also dramatically expanded the atlas of literature in English, infusing modern and contemporary poetry with indigenous metaphors, rhythms, and creoles. A rich and vibrant poetry, he contends, has issued from the hybridization of the English muse with the long resident muses of Africa, India, and the Caribbean.

Engaging an array of critical topics, from the aesthetics of irony and metaphor to the politics of nationalism and anthropology, Ramazani reconceptualizes issues central to our understanding of both postcolonial literatures and twentieth-century poetry. The first book of its kind, The Hybrid Muse will help internationalize the study of poetry and, in turn, strengthen the place of poetry in postcolonial studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226703435
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2W. B. Yeats: A Postcolonial Poet?21
3The Wound of Postcolonial History: Derek Walcott's Omeros49
4Metaphor and Postcoloniality: A. K. Ramanujan's Poetry72
5Irony and Postcoloniality: Louise Bennett's Anancy Poetics103
6The Poet as "Native Anthropologist": Ethnography and Antiethnography in Okot p'Bitek's Songs141
Coda: On Hybridity179
Notes185
Index215

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