The Hybrid Muse
Postcolonial Poetry in English 2nd
By (author) Jahan Ramazani
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Hybrid Muse by Jahan Ramazani
Book DescriptionIn recent decades, much of the most vital literature written in English has come from the former colonies of Great Britain. But while post-colonial novelists such as Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul have been widely celebrated, the achievements of postcolonial poets have been strangely neglected. In "The Hybrid Muse", Jahan Ramazani argues that postcolonial poets have also dramatically expanded the atlas of literature in English, infusing modern and contemporary poetry with indigenous metaphors, rhythms and creoles. A rich and vibrant poetry, he contends, has issued from the hybridization of the English muse with the long resident muses of Africa, India and the Caribbean. Starting with the complex case of Ireland, Ramazani closely analyzes the work of leading postcolonial poets and explores key questions about the relationship between poetry and postcolonialism. As inheritors of both imperial and native cultures, poets such as W.B. Yeats, Derek Walcott, Louise Bennett, A.K. Ramanujan and Okot p'Bitek invent compelling new forms to ariculate the tensions and ambiguities of their cultural in-betweeness. They forge hybrid figures, vocabularies and genres that embody the postcolonial condition. Engaging an array of critical topics, from the aesthetics of irony and metaphor to the politics of nationalism and anthropology, Ramazani reconceptualizes issues central to our understanding of both postcolonial literatures and 20th-century poetry. The first book of its kind, "The Hybrid Muse" should help internationalize the study of poetry, and in turn, strengthen the place of poetry in postcolonial studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226703435
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jahan Ramazani
Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry, Paperback (March 2017)
This Companion is the first to explore postcolonial poetry through regional, historical, political, formal, textual and gender approaches.
Poetry and Its Others, Paperback (December 2013)
What is poetry? Often it is understood as a largely self-enclosed verbal system - "suspended from any mutual interaction with alien discourse," in the words of Mikhail Bakhtin. In this book, the author reveals modern and contemporary poetry's animated dialogue with other genres and discourses.
Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Paperback (September 2012)» View all books by Jahan Ramazani
Suitable for students, scholars, and poets on various aspects of its subject: history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, critical terms, and more, this book reflects changes in literary and cultural studies, providing coverage and giving greater attention to the international aspects of poetry.
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Author Biography - Jahan Ramazani
Jahan Ramazani is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of "Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as "Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime."
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