Derek Walcott: Islands of History at a Rendezvous with a Muse

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855278 | DOI:
Derek Walcott: Islands of History at a Rendezvous with a Muse

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The process by which the form and the different facets of the universe manifested in various contexts is called “coherent deformation.” Coherence issues on cultural diversity uphold the correspondence between signs and symbols, while deformation resolutions facilitate the attainment of a rational position in the field of discourses. With this kind of transformation, accessible and persistent categorizations are interpreted into new manners. Despite constructive objectives, Derek Walcott failed to acknowledge the non-actuality of producing hybrid outcomes through complete reference to the Western tradition in the course of planning and executing reforms. However, this is totally not a negative thing; instead, it is a self-correcting statement that revolutions must be grounded upon the specifications of one's own culture.

Keywords: coherent deformation; transformation; Walcott; hybridity; Western tradition; culture

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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