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The postcolonial epic : from Melville to Walcott and Ghosh

Author: Sneharika Roy
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, [2018] ©2018
Series: Literary cultures of the global south.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book demonstrates the epic genre's enduring relevance to the Global South. It identifies a contemporary avatar of classical epic, the 'postcolonial epic', ushered in by Herman Melville's Moby Dick, a foundational text of North America, and exemplified by Derek Walcott's Caribbean masterpiece Omeros and Amitav Ghosh's South Asian saga, the Ibis trilogy. The work focuses on the epic genre's rich potential to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sneharika Roy
ISBN: 1138063630 9781138063631
OCLC Number: 1007756576
Description: xiii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: From classical to postcolonial epic --
Rallying the tropes: the language of violence and the violence of language --
'History in the future tense': genealogy as prophecy --
'The artifice of eternity': ekphrasis as 'an-other' epic --
Conclusion: Resistant nostalgia.
Series Title: Literary cultures of the global south.
Responsibility: Sneharika Roy.

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This book demonstrates the epic genre's enduring relevance to the Global South. It identifies a contemporary avatar of classical epic, the 'postcolonial epic', ushered in by Herman Melville's Moby Dick, a foundational text of North America, and exemplified by Derek Walcott's Caribbean masterpiece Omeros and Amitav Ghosh's South Asian saga, the Ibis trilogy. The work focuses on the epic genre's rich potential to articulate post-imperial concerns with nation and migration across the Global North-South divide. It foregrounds the genre's postcolonial shifts from politics to political economy, the subaltern reconfigurations of capitalist and imperial temporalities, and the post-structuralist preoccupation with language and representation. In addition to bringing to light hitherto unexamined North-South affiliations between Melville, Walcott and Ghosh, the book proposes a fresh approach to epic through the comparative concept of 'political epic', where an avowed national politics promoting a culture's 'pure' origins coexists uneasily with a disavowed poetics of intertextual borrowing from 'other' cultures. An important intervention in literary studies, this volume will interest scholars and researchers of postcolonial studies, especially South Asian and Caribbean literature, Global South studies, transnational studies and cultural studies. "--Provided by publisher.

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