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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 the TranslocalBlackening Britain

Poetry and the TranslocalBlackening Britain

(p.163) CHAPTER 8 Poetry and the Translocal
A Transnational Poetics

Jahan Ramazani

University of Chicago Press

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

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