Poetry and the TranslocalBlackening Britain

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 the TranslocalBlackening Britain

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This chapter examines how postcolonial and black British poets and calypso singers reimagined metropolitan England in relation to African and Caribbean cultures and histories. It discusses how black British poetry reconceived widely disparate geocultural spaces and histories in relation to one another and suggests that it provided expression and shape to a cross-geographic experience just like other postcolonial, diasporic and migrant poetries. This chapter also argues that the poetry of the African diaspora in Britain is both rooted and routed in particular landscapes, regional and interregional networks.

Keywords: postcolonial poets; black British poets; calypso singers; England; African culture; Caribbean culture; African diaspora; cross-geographic experience; migrant poetries

Chapter.  6816 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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