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Author Woods, Joanna, author

Title From home and exile : a negotiation of ideas about home in Malawian poetry / Joanna Woods
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2015
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Contents Introduction -- Methods and multiple spaces of study -- Home, exile and the self : the negotiation of concepts -- The context : Malawi as place, its history and its people -- The poetry : an interpretation of a selection of poems by the named Malawian poets -- Conclusion : a reflection on research findings and spaces of study -- Appendix. The poems in order of the poet's appearance in the book
Summary This book is about home. With Malawi as its focus, it seeks to understand ideas about home as expressed through poetry written by Malawians in English. Although African Literatures are studied those of Malawi have not received agreeable attention. This book surveys poetry by five Malawian writers - Felix Mnthali, Frank Chipasula, Jack Mapanje, Lupenga Mphande, and Steve Chimombo. The discussion negotiates scribed experience of exile, engendered by Dr. Banda's regime, and shows that the selected poets effectively converse with a sense of home, reflecting on its transformations in their work. Interrogating the strict definitions of home, the argument highlights that far from home-less exiles in fact clarify the sense of what 'home' is. The manoeuvre is one of thinking towards an unboundaried 'home'. This book will be of value not only to readers interested in the cultures of Africa but to all those with an interest in worldwide literary phenomena, and ideas therein of home and exile
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-227)
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Subject Home in literature.
Home -- Poetry.
Malawi poetry (English) -- History and criticism.
Malawi -- Poetry.
Malawi -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956792306