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Nobody's nation : reading Derek Walcott

Author: Paul Breslin
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nobody's Nation offers an illuminating look at the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and plays are bound up with an effort to re-imagine West Indian society since its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated attempt at political unity, and its subsequent dispersal into tiny  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Derek Walcott; Derek Walcott; Derek- Walcott; Derek Walcott; Derek Walcott
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Breslin
ISBN: 0226074269 9780226074269 0226074277 9780226074276
OCLC Number: 46729422
Description: ix, 333 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Biographical sketch --
"Fishing the twilight for alternate voices" : the early poems and Henri Christophe --
The young playwright in Jamaica --
Adam's amnesia : the uses of memory and forgetting --
Dead ends and green beginnings : Dream on monkey mountain --
Another life : West Indian experience and the problems of narration --
"Pulling in the seine / of the dark sea" : "The schooner flight" --
Derek sans terre : the poetry of the 1980s --
Epic amnesia : healing and memory in Omeros --
Post-Homeric Derek : The bounty and Tiepolo's hound.
Responsibility: Paul Breslin.
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This volume offers an illuminating look at the St Lucian, Nobel prize-winning writer, Derek Walcott, and grounds his work firmly in the context of West Indian history.  Read more...

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