Nobody's Nation: Reading Derek Walcott

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University of Chicago Press, 2009年2月15日 - 340 頁
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 nation-states.

According to Breslin, Walcott's work is centrally concerned with the West Indies' imputed absence from history and lack of cohesive national identity or cultural tradition. Walcott sees this lack not as impoverishment but as an open space for creation. In his poems and plays, West Indian history becomes a realm of necessity, something to be confronted, contested, and remade through literature. What is most vexed and inspired in Walcott's work can be traced to this quixotic struggle.
Linking extensive archival research and new interviews with Walcott himself to detailed critical readings of major works, Nobody's Nation will take its place as the definitive study of the poet.
 

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1 Biographical Sketch
11
The Early Poems and Henri Christophe
45
3 The Young Playwright in Jamaica
83
The Uses of Memory and Forgetting
102
Dream on Monkey Mountain
127
West Indian Experience and the Problems of Narration
156
The Schooner Flight
189
The Poetry of the 1980s
215
Healing and Memory in Omeros
241
The Bounty and Tiepolos Hound
273
Toward a Just Evaluation of Walcott
287
Notes
297
Index
323
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Paul Breslin is a professor of English at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Psycho-Political Muse: American Poetry since the Fifties, published by the University of Chicago Press, and You Are Here, a collection of poems.

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