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Worldly vernaculars in the Anglophone Caribbean
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9831-3053
2018 (English)In: World Literatures: Exploring the Cosmopolitan-Vernacular Exchange / [ed] Stefan Helgesson, Annika Mörte Alling, Yvonne Lindqvist, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 150-161Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Returning to the canonical opposition between Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite as an illustration, this essay argues that the rendering of place is an indispensable category for studying the tensions between cosmopolitan and vernacular orientations, as instanced in the work of these poets. More particularly, different strategies are associated with distinct forms of claiming place, and vice versa. Both Walcott and Brathwaite can be seen as affirming the local – “the smaller place” – at the expense of the “larger world”, but they do so by means of their access to the distant places their poems register. The essay ends up holding up a full matrix engendering a rich set of possibilities: the smaller place may be claimed with cosmopolitan means or in the vernacular; the larger world may be invested with cosmopolitan expressivity or with vernacular forms.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018. p. 150-161
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Stockholm English Studies, ISSN 2002-0163 ; 3
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169790DOI: 10.16993/bat.nISBN: 9789176350799 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169790DiVA, id: diva2:1325917
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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