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A Transnational Poetics$
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Jahan Ramazani

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703442

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703374.001.0001

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Poetry and Decolonization

Poetry and Decolonization

(p.141) CHAPTER 7 Poetry and Decolonization
A Transnational Poetics

Jahan Ramazani

University of Chicago Press

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

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