The Poetics of Empire: A Study of James Grainger's the Sugar Cane / Edition 1

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First published in 1764, The Sugar-Cane is a major work in the history of Anglophone Caribbean literature. It is the only poem written in the Caribbean before the Twentieth Century to achieve a place in the Western 'canon'. Grainger sought to interpret his personal experience of the Caribbean through his wide and deep reading in literature, from the Greeks to Milton. Grainger wrote a 'West India Georgic', challenging assumptions about poetic diction and the proper subject matter of poetry, and boldly asserting the importance of the Caribbean to the Eighteenth Century British empire.. This is the first reliable text and critical study of the poem, setting it within the context of Grainger's life and work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780485121483
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 7/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Notes to Introduction 67
The Sugar-Cane: A Poem 86
Grainger's Notes to The Sugar-Cane 165
App I "Great Homer deignd to sing of little Mice" 199
App II Bryan and Pereene 202
App III Colonel Martin's directions for planting and sugar-making 205
App IV Ramsay's account of a plantation day 208
Additional Notes to The Sugar-Cane 213
Bibliography 313
Index 333
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