Aime Cesaire (Cambridge Studies in African & Caribbean Literature)

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Aime Cesaire (Cambridge Studies in African & Caribbean Literature)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 208 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521390729
  • DDC分類 841

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Aime Cesaire is arguably the best-known poet in the French Caribbean. His poetry and drama have established his formidable reputation as the leading francophone poet and elder statesman of the twentieth century. In this study Gregson Davis examines the evolution of Cesaire's poetic career and his involvement with many of the most seminal political and aesthetic movements of the twentieth century. Davis relates Cesaire's extraordinary dual career as writer and elected politician to the recurrent themes in his writings. As one of the most profound critics of colonialism, Cesaire, the acknowledged inventor of the famous term 'negritude', has been a hugely influential figure in shaping the contemporary discourse on the postcolonial predicament. Gregson Davis's account of Cesaire's intellectual growth is grounded in a careful reading of the poetry, prose and drama that illustrates the full range and depth of his literary achievement.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix  (3)
Acknowledgements xii (1)
Chronology xiii
Introduction 1 (3)
1 From island to metropolis: the making of a 4 (16)
poet
2 Exploring racial selves: "Journal of a 20 (42)
Homecoming"
3 Inventing a lyric voice: the forging of 62 (30)
"Miracle Weapons"
4 Lyric registers: from "Sun Cut Throat" to 92 (34)
"Cadaster"
5 The turn to poetic drama 126 (37)
6 The return to lyric: "me, laminaria..." 163 (15)
Epilogue 178 (7)
Notes 185 (9)
Bibliography 194 (13)
Index 207