Resisting Alterities: Wilson Harris and Other Avatars of Otherness

Resisting Alterities: Wilson Harris and Other Avatars of Otherness

by Brill

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Overview

Caribbean writer Wilson Harris is the central figure in this collection of essays, poetry, and prose fiction exploring the multivocal in opposition to Cartesian dualism and the creation of the "Other." Presented by Fazzini (English literature, U. of Ca' Foscari, Italy), the 20 contributions (including an interview with Harris himself) first explore the use of "Otherness" in Harris' fiction before turning to examples of similar literatures. The concluding ten essays expand the discussion to more diverse topics, including alterity in Edwin Morgan's science-fiction poems, singer Billy Bragg's engagement with signifiers of national identity, alterity in the Objectivist poetry of William Carlos Williams, "Creolizing" and "queering" in the works of Jamaica Kincaid, and gender and sexual identity in Scottish literature Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042012004
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Series: Cross/Cultures Series
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

MARCO FAZZINI teaches English literature at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice). He has translated selections from the poetry of Douglas Livingstone, Philip Larkin, Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid and Charles Tomlinson, and is co-editor and translator of Scottish (1992) and South African (1994) poetry. His most recent publications include Crossings: Essays on Contemporary Scottish Poetry and Hybridity (2000) and a book on Geoffrey Hill (2002).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Jesting Masks of Resistanceix
Part 1
Resistances to Alterities3
Resisting Fearful Symmetry: Wilson Harris's Bridges of Language9
When the Other is Wilson Harris21
'Otherness' in Wilson Harris's Fiction: The Dark Jester41
An Interview with Wilson Harris in Macerata53
Intermezzo: The Writers' Voice
from Principle of the Day67
Self-Portraits (Rembrandt); Chateau Dairsie72
from The Mask of the Beggar76
from Songs of Penelope & of Gilgamesh78
The Holy Man; Cotswold Journey 200182
After the Battle; What the Clay Said to the Potter85
Part 2
Not Looking for a New (Labour) England: Billy Bragg, Kipling, and Ressentiment93
'Desisting Resistance': The Representation of Schopenhauerian Pessimism in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain115
Objectivism: William Carlos Williams and Basil Bunting133
Negotiating Identity: Nancy Cunard's Otherness147
Queer Readings, Gay Texts: From Redgauntlet to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie159
Writing Reconciliation: South African Fiction After Apartheid177
Alterity: Jamaica Kincaid's Resistance197
Resisting Jews: Allosemitism and the Dialectics of Assimilation209
Alterities from Outer Space: Edwin Morgan's Science-Fiction Poems225
Alterities and Amnesia243
Contributors251

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