Ordering Empire: The Poetry of Camoes, Pringle and Campbell

Ordering Empire: The Poetry of Camoes, Pringle and Campbell

by Nicholas Meihuizen


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This book examines the relationship between empire, its representations in poetry, and the principal ways of ordering the world at certain key historical moments as figured in the work of three poets associated with Southern Africa: Luis Vaz de Camões in the sixteenth century, Thomas Pringle in the nineteenth century, and Roy Campbell in the twentieth century. In its consideration of ways of ‘ordering the world’ the book draws on Michel Foucault’s theory of epistemic periodisation. Positing the various consequences of such epistemic vision, yet connately dealing with the poets as specific individuals with their own predispositions, the book engages in analyses of selected passages from Camões’ epic Os Lusíadas, along with analyses of various poems by Pringle and Campbell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783039110230
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 08/10/2007
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 8.66(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Nicholas Meihuizen was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1953. He is Professor of English at the University of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where he has taught for 21 years. He has published numerous articles, essays and reviews on Anglo-Irish poetry (especially Yeats) and South African poetry in various journals and books. His book, Yeats and the Drama of Sacred Space was published in 1998. Current research includes an extended examination of the classical influences in Luis Vaz de Camões and the South African poet Roy Campbell.

Table of Contents

Contents: A Renaissance Epistemic Frame – Camões and the Imperium – The Lusíads – A Neoclassical Epistemic Frame – The Poetry of Thomas Pringle – A Modern Epistemic Frame – The Poetry of Roy Campbell.

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