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Nazım Hikmet’s Afro-Asian solidarities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3911-4908
2018 (English)In: Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, ISSN 1753-3171, E-ISSN 1543-1304, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 284-305Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores literary-political expressions of solidarity with the rise of African decolonization struggles during the Cold War era, by zooming in on the work of a renowned Turkish poet, Nazm Hikmet Ran. First, I argue that Hikmet's poetry offers transnational solidarities that not only assert the political agency of anticolonial uprisings but also negate the persisting mechanisms of racial and economic oppression after colonial rule. Second, in taking into account Hikmet's active participation in the Afro-Asian Writers' Bureau, I show how his vision of solidarity reveals alternative patterns of correspondence between peripheral sites of modernism and world literature's cross-cultural encounters within the Global South. Lastly, I argue that Hikmet's poetry generates new models of collective agency and solidarity that are imagined both through and against the discourse of the news. His mixture of lyric and documentary components, I argue, calls for close attention to the formal aspects of his discourse of solidarity.

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2018. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 284-305
Keywords [en]
Nazm Hikmet, Afro-Asian solidarity, world literature, transnationalism, decolonization, Cold War
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155783DOI: 10.1080/17533171.2018.1470814ISI: 000440718000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155783DiVA, id: diva2:1202212
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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