Download PDF by Katharine Burkitt: Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique: Epic Proportions

By Katharine Burkitt

concentrating on works through Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Anne Carson, and Bernardine Evaristo, Katharine Burkitt investigates the connection among literary shape and textual politics in postcolonial narrative poems and verse-novels. Burkitt argues that those works disrupt and undermine the traditions of specific types and genres, and such a lot significantly the expectancies connected to the prose novel, poetry, and epic. This subversion of shape, Burkitt argues, is a vital point of the texts' postcoloniality as they find themselves severely relating to literary conference, and they're all serious about concerns of social, racial, and nationwide identities in an international the place those different types are inherently complex. moreover, the attention of epic culture in those texts unites them as 'post-epics', in that as they reuse the myths and motifs of a number of epics, they query the prestige of the shape, show it to be inherently malleable, and regenerate its tales for the modern global. As she examines the ways that postcolonial texts rewrite the traditions of classical epics for the 20 th and twenty-first centuries, Burkitt ties shut textual research to a severe intervention within the politics of form.

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