Tourist, Traveller, Troublemaker: Essays on Poetry

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Major essays on the work of Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Kwame Dawes, and other prominent Caribbean, African, British, and American poets are featured in this collection that has as its subtext a mistrust of postcolonial theory and its whole academic industry/enterprise. Stewart Brown includes autobiographical, literary essays that establish the ground from which the other essays are written, asserting that poetry is more important than its criticism. Thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated,...

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Overview

Major essays on the work of Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Kwame Dawes, and other prominent Caribbean, African, British, and American poets are featured in this collection that has as its subtext a mistrust of postcolonial theory and its whole academic industry/enterprise. Stewart Brown includes autobiographical, literary essays that establish the ground from which the other essays are written, asserting that poetry is more important than its criticism. Thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated, these essays were written mainly for literary rather than academic journals, and are wide-ranging, provocative, and intellectually rigorous.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781845230531
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Stewart Brown is head of the department at the Centre for West African Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the editor of several books, essays, and anthologies, including All are Involved, The Art of Derek Walcott, The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories.

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Table of Contents

1 Tourist, Traveller, Troublemaker 14

2 'Lugard's Bridge': A Context 25

3 Finding the Right Words: A candle for Ken Saro-Wiwa 41

4 Literature and Freedom across Boundaries 53

5 Another Music: Poetry in English in West Africa 65

6 Still Daring the Beast: Niyi Osundare and Nigerian Poetry 71

7 Niyi Osundare: Dancing on the Threshold 87

8 Breaking Out of the Dream: Femi Oyebode's 'Black Kites Circling' 98

9 Resisting the Chameleon: the poetry of Jack Mapaje 110

10 The power to exclude: anthologising Caribbean poetry 116

11 Incest, Assassination and 'The Red Flag': Judging the Guyana Prize 122

12 'Barbados@the crossroads.com: calypso in Barbados 134

13 Postscript: A sting 'In de Tail' 142

14 'Nothing about us at all': Olive Senior and West Indian Poetry 149

15 Martin Carter: 'The Poems Man' 156

16 Incalculable Flotsam: The minor poetry of Frank Collymore 163

17 'Between me and thee is a great gulf fixed': The Crusoe Presence in Walcott's early poetry 182

18 Writin' in Light: orality thru typography: Kaman Brathwaite's Sycorax video style 195

19 Postscript to 'Writin' in Light: Tidalectics of the Word 210

20 Celebration Songs: the poetry of James Berry 214

21 Ian McDonald: a Caribbean Literary Life 228

22 Straight is not the way: The poetry of Mervyn Morris 239

23 Tap Natch Poet: Reading and Listening to Linton Kwesi Johnson 245

24 Kwame Dawes: Poetry with drum and bass 251

25 Fellow-traveller: A witness in my time and place: The poetry of Don Burness 257

26 Imaginary Continent: Images of Africa in Modern British Poetry 266

Footnotes288

Bibliography 315

Index 326

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