Poetry and Decolonization

Jahan Ramazani

in A Transnational Poetics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226703442
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226703374 | DOI:
Poetry and Decolonization

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This chapter examines the poetic effects of the decolonization of the British Empire. The analysis uses Edward Said's ideas of cross-national affiliation and decolonizing cultural resistance. It describes how place was imaginatively creolized and translocalized by black British and other migrant and diasporic poets. It also compares the works of postcolonial poets such as Louise Bennett and Derek Walcott with those of British poets such as Philip Larkin and Tony Harrison.

Keywords: decolonization; British Empire; postcolonial poets; Edward Said; cross-national affiliation; cultural resistance; Louise Bennett; Derek Walcott; Philip Larkin; Tony Harrison

Chapter.  8001 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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