By Seanna Sumalee Oakley
Whereas loads of postcolonial feedback has tested how the strategies of hybridity, mestizaje, creolization, and syncretism influence African diasporic literature, Oakley employs the heuristic of the "commonplace" to recast our experience of the politics of such literature. Her research of typical poetics unearths that postcolonial poetic and political moods and aspirations are way more advanced than has been admitted. African Atlantic writers summon the utopian strength of Romanticism, which were affected by Anglo-European exclusiveness and racial entitlement, and undertaking it as an possible, differentially universal destiny. placing poets Frankétienne (Haiti), Werewere Liking (Côte d'Ivoire), Derek Walcott (St Lucia), and Claudia Rankine (Jamaica) in discussion with Romantic poets and theorists, in addition to with the newer thinkers Édouard Glissant, Walter Benjamin, and Emmanuel Levinas, Oakley exhibits how African Atlantic poets officially revive Romantic kinds, starting from the social utopian manifesto to the poète maudit, of their pursuit of a redemptive allegory of African Atlantic stories. Common Places addresses concerns in African and Caribbean literary reviews, Romanticism, poetics, rhetorical concept, comparative literature, and translation idea, and extra, types a postcolonial critique within the aesthetic-ethical and "new aestheticist" vein.
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