The Idea of a Colony: Cross-culturalism in Modern Poetry
In The Idea of a Colony, Edward Marx provides a comprehensive approach to the question of cross-culturalism in modern poetry. He situates the work of canonical British and American modernist poets - Eliot, Pound, Stevens, Brooke, Kipling, and Flecker - in dialogue with the work of non-Western, colonial, and minority poets - Tagore, Naidu, Violet Nicolson - and brings into the discussion the poets of the Harlem Renaissance.
Drawing on psychological and cultural theory, Marx argues that primitivism and exoticism were the main forms of cross-culturalism in the modern period, and that these forms were organized around repression of the unconscious and irrational. To the psychological scene of the primitive/exotic poem and its reception, which is explored through substantial archival research, Marx brings an array of approaches including the theories of Freud, Jung, Lacan, Said, Foucault, Bhabha, Fanon, and others. The result is a series of powerful new readings of canonical modernists and a welcome expansion of the field of modern poetry into the age of multiculturalism and postcoloniality.
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- Page Count: 260 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Author InformationEdward Marx is an independent scholar who has taught literature at the City University of New York, the University of Minnesota, and Kyoto University.
Table of contents
1 The Spell of Far Arabia: James Elroy Flecker's Islamic Near East
2 The Ends of the Earth: Rudyard Kipling's Afghanistan
3 The Exotic Transgressions of'Laurence Hope'
4 Everybody's Anima: Sarojini Naidu as Nightingale and Nationalist
5 The Tagore Era
6 The Childhood That Never Was: Rupert Brooke's Primitive Paradise
7 The Infant Gargantua on the Wet, Black Bough: Ezra Pound's Chinese Object Relations
8 The Red Man in the Drawing Room: T.S. Eliot and the Nativists
9 The Last Nostalgia: Wallace Stevens in the Shadow of the Other
10 Forgotten Jungle Songs: Ambivalent Primitivisms of the Harlem Renaissance
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