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New PDF release: Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique: Epic Proportions

By Katharine Burkitt

targeting 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 varieties and genres, and such a lot particularly the expectancies hooked up to the prose novel, poetry, and epic. This subversion of shape, Burkitt argues, is a vital element of the texts' postcoloniality as they find themselves severely on the subject of literary conference, and they're all considering concerns of social, racial, and nationwide identities in an international the place those different types are inherently complex. furthermore, 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, reveal 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 20th and twenty-first centuries, Burkitt ties shut textual research to a serious intervention within the politics of form.

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