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Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939

Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (Hardback)

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Black Odysseys explores creative works by artists of ultimately African descent, which respond to the Homeric Odyssey. Considering what the ancient Greek epic has signified for those struggling to emerge from the shadow of Western imperialism, and how it has inspired anti-colonial poets, novelists, playwrights, and directors, McConnell examines twentieth- and twenty-first century works from Africa and the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and the United States. In seeking to discover why the Odyssey, as a founding text of the Western canon, has been of such interest to these artists, the great plurality of post-colonial and anti-colonial responses becomes clear: responses that differ dramatically from each other, even in the attitude adopted towards Odysseus himself. Since Aime Cesaire's seminal 1939 poem, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (Notebook of a Return to My Native Land), the Odyssey's homecoming trope and quest for identity have inspired writers wh

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 20/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9780199605002  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Justine McConnell is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oxford University's Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, working on the 'Performing Epic' project. She is co-editor of Ancient Slavery and Abolition: from Hobbes to Hollywood (OUP, 2011) with Edith Hall and Richard Alston, and of a forthcoming volume, The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, with Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, and Patrice Rankine.

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