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Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107166844

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  • Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature reveals an intriguing history of relationships among poets and editors from Ireland and Nigeria, as well as Britain and the Caribbean, during the mid-twentieth-century era of decolonization. The book explores what such leading anglophone poets as Seamus Heaney, Christopher Okigbo, and Derek Walcott had in common: 'peripheral' origins and a desire to address transnational publics without expatriating themselves. The book reconstructs how they gained the imprimatur of both local and London-based cultural institutions. It shows, furthermore, how political crises challenged them to reconsider their poetry's publics. Making substantial use of unpublished archival material, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma examines poems in print, often the pages on which they first appeared, in order to chart the transformation of the anglophone literary world. He argues that these poets' achievements cannot be extricated from the transnational networks through which their poems circulated - and which they in turn remade.

    • Shows how poetry contributed distinctively to the formation of postcolonial or global anglophone literature, appealing to students of literature as well as of postcolonial studies
    • Reconstructs how cultural institutions and print circulation involved mid-twentieth-century African, Caribbean, Irish, and British poets in transnational networks
    • Provides new comparisons for the reader, as these poets are rarely considered together
    • Presents cultural history and literary interpretation based in archival research across three continents, providing the reader with postcolonial literary scholarship that grounds theoretical concerns in a detailed understanding of writers' historical situations and literary strategies
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    'This splendid book meticulously traces the networks that enmesh postcolonial poems within publishing and other cultural institutions that gave rise to them. With deep care and strong insight, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma resituates anglophone Irish, Caribbean, and West African poems in the overlapping material worlds that produced and circulated them. In his analysis, individual works sparkle on webs of cross-cultural connection, including publishing houses, conferences, journals, and universities. Exquisitely attuned to the fabric of poetry and its translocal contexts, this book illuminates the importance of poetry's textual, institutional, and bibliographic embodiments.' Jahan Ramazani, author of Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

    'Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature provides a captivating examination of world anglophone literature. Combining extensive archival research with deft readings of poetry, Suhr-Sytsma challenges existing models of global literature by suggesting that an account of temporality - especially the pressure to be cutting-edge or contemporary - is as important as geography for our understanding of cultural production. Poets such as Seamus Heaney, Christopher Okigbo, and Derek Walcott come to life in the performance spaces, publication venues, collaborative ventures, and professional networks through which they have circulated the poetry of our times.' Peter Kalliney, author of Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics and Modernism in a Global Context

    'Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature is meticulously researched, drawing on archival sources at Emory University, the Harry Ransom Center, Leeds University, and in Belgium and Nigeria. It is also theoretically sophisticated, constantly illuminating, often counterintuitive, beautifully written, and filled with keenly observed close readings - an astonishing achievement in a first book.' Coilin Parsons, breac

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107166844
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: negotiating the era of decolonization
    1. Provincializing the Greenwich meridian
    Interchapter: Mbari publications and the CIA
    2. Editing the Commonwealth
    Interchapter: Derek Walcott and the London Magazine
    3. Fashioning the modern African poet
    Interchapter: James Simmons's Nigeria and the Honest Ulsterman
    4. Publishing the troubles
    Conclusion: the haunting of Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill.

  • Author

    Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University, Atlanta
    Nathan Suhr-Sytsma is Assistant Professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, affiliated with the Institute of African Studies, Irish Studies at Emory, and the Program in Global and Postcolonial Studies. His essays have appeared in Éire-Ireland and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, amongst other venues, and he is Co-Editor of a special section of Research in African Literatures: 'Religion, Secularity, and African Writing'.

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