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Postcolonial Poetics

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Postcolonial Poetics is about how we read postcolonial and world literatures today, and about how the structures of that writing shape our reading. The book's eight chapters explore the ways in which postcolonial writing in English from various 21st-century contexts, including southern and West Africa, and Black and Asian Britain, interacts with our imaginative understanding of the world. Throughout, the focus is on reading practices, where reading is taken as an inventive, border-traversing activity, one that postcolonial writing with its interests in margins, intersections, subversions, and crossings specifically encourages. This close, sustained focus on reading, reception, and literariness is an outstanding feature of the study, as is its wide generic range, embracing poetry, essays, and life-writing, as well as fiction. The field-defining scholar Elleke Boehmer holds that literature has the capacity to keep reimagining and refreshing how we understand ourselves in relation to the world and to some of the most pressing questions of our time, including resistance, reconciliation, survival after terror, and migration.

The book is valuable enough for reminding postcolonial literary critics not to neglect the how of writing and of reading, especially with regard to how postcolonial writing influences its readers' social, political, and ethical sensibilities. it is a welcome and timely reminder for postcolonial literary critics to not neglect the literary aspect of their research. (Edward Powell, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Vol. 27 (1), December 23, 2019)

Boehmer's book is, nevertheless, a vindication of postcolonial studies and of the potential of postcolonial literature to change the world. Boehmer's instruction to pay attention to the text's formal and expressive meanings is a strategy to approach writings about terror or trauma without flattening them. (Jenni Ramone, THE Times Higher Education, timeshighereducation.com, March 28, 2019)


What sets Boehmer's work apart from many other academic writers' is its readability. Throughout Postcolonial poetics, Boehmer's careful examination of reading practices allows for not only a deeper understanding of the formal, aesthetic dimension of postcolonial writing, but our role as readers in decoding and experiencing a text. It constitutes an invigorating relocation of attention in postcolonial studies. (Karina Magdalena Szczurek, LitNet, litnet.co.za, November, 2018)

Auteur
Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, UK, and a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial literary studies. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of over twenty books, including monographs and novels. Her monographs include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995/2005), Stories of Women (2005), and Indian Arrivals (winner of the ESSE 2015-16 Prize). Her novels include The Shouting in the Dark (2015) and Screens against the Sky (1990).

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Postcolonial Poetics is about how we read postcolonial and world literatures today, and about how the structures of that writing shape our reading. The book's eight chapters explore the ways in which postcolonial writing in English from various 21st-century contexts, including southern and West Africa, and Black and Asian Britain, interacts with our imaginative understanding of the world. Throughout, the focus is on reading practices, where reading is taken as an inventive, border-traversing activity, one that postcolonial writing with its interests in margins, intersections, subversions, and crossings specifically encourages. This close, sustained focus on reading, reception, and literariness is an outstanding feature of the study, as is its wide generic range, embracing poetry, essays, and life-writing, as well as fiction. The field-defining scholar Elleke Boehmer holds that literature has the capacity to keep reimagining and refreshing how we understand ourselves in relation to the world and to some of the most pressing questions of our time, including resistance, reconciliation, survival after terror, and migration.

Résumé
Postcolonial Poetics is about how we read postcolonial and world literatures today, and about how the structures of that writing shape our reading. The book's eight chapters explore the ways in which postcolonial writing in English from various 21st-century contexts, including southern and West Africa, and Black and Asian Britain, interacts with our imaginative understanding of the world. Throughout, the focus is on reading practices, where reading is taken as an inventive, border-traversing activity, one that postcolonial writing with its interests in margins, intersections, subversions, and crossings specifically encourages. This close, sustained focus on reading, reception, and literariness is an outstanding feature of the study, as is its wide generic range, embracing poetry, essays, and life-writing, as well as fiction. The field-defining scholar Elleke Boehmer holds that literature has the capacity to keep reimagining and refreshing how we understand ourselves in relation to the world and to some of the most pressing questions of our time, including resistance, reconciliation, survival after terror, and migration.


Contenu
1. Postcolonial poeticsa score for reading.- 2. Questions of postcolonial poetics.- 3. Revisiting Resistance literaturewriting in juxtaposition.- 4. Postcolonial writing, terror, and continuity: Okri, D'Aguiar, NourbeSe Philip, Shire.- 5. Repetitive poeticswhen crisis defines a nation's writing. Contemporary South African novels.- 6. Poetics and persistence: Chinua Achebe's shaping influence.- 7. Concepts of exchangepoetics in postcolonial, world, and world-system literatures.- 8. The transformative force of the postcolonial line: protest poetry and the global short story.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Postcolonial Poetics
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9783030079956
ISBN: 978-3-030-07995-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 220
Poids: 313g
Taille: H17mm x B210mm x T147mm
Année: 2019
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018