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Nobody's Nation: Reading Derek Walcott

Paul Breslin


This book offers a look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. The book argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt at political unity, and its subsequent dispersal into tiny nation-states. According to this book, Walcott's work is centrally concerned with the West Indies' imputed absence from history and lack of cohesive national identity or cultural tradition. Walcott sees this lack not ... More

Keywords: Nobel Prize, Derek Walcott, West Indian history, colonial rule, political unity, nation-states, West Indies, national identity, cultural tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226074269
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226074283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Breslin, author