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The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry

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Jahan Ramazani, Laurence Breiner, Oyeniyi Okunoye, Laetitia Zecchini, Rob Wilson, David McCooey, Stephen Collis, Justin Quinn, Gemma Robinson, Robert Stilling, Stephen Burt, Lee M. Jenkins, Janet Neigh, Rajeev S. Patke, Anjali Nerlekar, Harry Garuba, Lyn Innes, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Omaar Hena
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107462878

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry is the first collection of essays to explore postcolonial poetry through regional, historical, political, formal, textual, gender, and comparative approaches. The essays encompass a broad range of English-speakers from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands; the former settler colonies, such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, especially non-Europeans; Ireland, Britain's oldest colony; and postcolonial Britain itself, particularly black and Asian immigrants and their descendants. The comparative essays analyze poetry from across the postcolonial anglophone world in relation to postcolonialism and modernism, fixed and free forms, experimentation, oral performance and creole languages, protest poetry, the poetic mapping of urban and rural spaces, poetic embodiments of sexuality and gender, poetry and publishing history, and poetry's response to, and reimagining of, globalization. Strengthening the place of poetry in postcolonial studies, this Companion also contributes to the globalization of poetry studies.

    • The first collection of essays to focus on postcolonial poetry
    • The essays examine both the poetry's formal features and its thematic preoccupations
    • The poetry is studied in a global framework, making the book diverse and accessible
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    '… this title meets the high standards we expect from the Cambridge Companion to Literature series. Recommended for university and college libraries supporting literature courses and larger public libraries seeking to ensure their poetry collections reflect current thinking in the field.' Linda Kemp, Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107462878
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jahan Ramazani
    Part I. Regions:
    1. Postcolonial Caribbean poetry Laurence Breiner
    2. Postcolonial African poetry Oyeniyi Okunoye
    3. Postcolonial South Asian poetry Laetitia Zecchini
    4. Postcolonial Pacific poetries: becoming Oceania Rob Wilson
    5. Postcolonial poetry of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand David McCooey
    6. Postcolonial Canadian poetry Stephen Collis
    7. Postcolonial poetry of Ireland Justin Quinn
    8. Postcolonial poetry of Great Britain Gemma Robinson
    Part II. Styles:
    9. Multi-centric modernism and postcolonial poetry Robert Stilling
    10. Postcolonial poetry and form Stephen Burt
    11. Postcolonial poetry and experimentalism Lee M. Jenkins
    12. Orality, Creoles, and postcolonial poetry in performance Janet Neigh
    13. Postcolonial protest poetry Rajeev S. Patke
    Part III. Spaces, Embodiments, Disseminations:
    14. The city, place, and postcolonial poetry Anjali Nerlekar
    15. Landscape, the environment, and postcolonial poetry Harry Garuba
    16. Gender and sexuality in postcolonial poetry Lyn Innes
    17. Publishing postcolonial poetry Nathan Suhr-Sytsma
    18. Globalization and postcolonial poetry Omaar Hena.

  • Editor

    Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia
    Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five books: Poetry and its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres (2013); A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the 2011 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, awarded for the best book in comparative literary history published in the years 2008 to 2010; The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001); Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (1990). He is a co-editor of the most recent editions of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) and The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2006, 2012), and an associate editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, the William Riley Parker Prize of the Modern Language Association, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia's highest honor. In 2016 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


    Jahan Ramazani, Laurence Breiner, Oyeniyi Okunoye, Laetitia Zecchini, Rob Wilson, David McCooey, Stephen Collis, Justin Quinn, Gemma Robinson, Robert Stilling, Stephen Burt, Lee M. Jenkins, Janet Neigh, Rajeev S. Patke, Anjali Nerlekar, Harry Garuba, Lyn Innes, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Omaar Hena

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