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  • 1. Reflections on Omeros—Gregson Davis

    2. Walcott's Omeros: The Classical Epic in a Postmodern World—Joseph Farrell

    3. Classical Analogy as Discursive Act: A reading of Derek Walcott's `As John to Patmos'—Timothy Hofmeister

    4. Giotto's Invisible Sheep: Lacanian Mirroring and Modelling in Walcott's `Another Life.'—Judith

    Harris

    5. The Poet's Fiction of Self: `The Schooner Flight'—Edward Baugh

    6. `With No Homeric Shawdow': The Disavowal of Epic in Derek Walcott's `Omeros.'—Gregson

    Davis

    7. Homer after Omeros: Reading a H/Omeric text—Carol Dougherty

    8. `All That Greek Manure under the Green Bananas': Derek Walcott's `Odyssey.'—Peter Burian

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  • Description

    The essays collected in this issue offer complementary critical perspectives on the mature lyric work of Derek Walcott, the acclaimed Nobel laureate from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The centerpiece of the ensemble is a previously unpublished essay in which Walcott’s reflections on poetics illuminate his project in the masterpiece, Omeros.
    Other contributions by literary scholars in North America and the Caribbean focus on fundamental dimensions of Walcott’s craft and on such thematic preoccupations as the intersection of pictorial and verbal modes of representation, the deployment of nuanced intertextual strategies (especially in relation to the Greco-Roman canon), the invention of a viable artistic identity in a postcolonial intercultural milieu, and the psychosocial modeling of the process of literary apprenticeship.

    Contributors. Edward Baugh, Peter Burian, Gregson Davis, Carol Dougherty, Joseph Farrell, Judith Harris, Timothy Hofmeister, Derek Walcott

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