This book offers an introductory survey of contemporary poetry in English from all the regions that have developed into modern nations from the former British Empire. It is ideally suited for readers interested in world writing in English, contemporary literature, postcolonial writing, cultural studies, and postmodern culture.
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Rajeev Patke was born in Pune, India. He read English literature for a B.A. and an M.A. from Pune and an M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught at the University of Pune, and has taught at the National University of Singapore since 1988. He has authored a book on the long poems of Wallace Stevens (Cambridge, 1985), co-edited several books on literature and culture, and his ongoing research interests include the writings of Walter Benjamin, and the relation between poetry and painting.Review:
"The highlight of this book is the fine balance it maintains between cultural and formal analysis...A gem of an introduction to postcolonial poetics--aesthetically attuned, critically engaged, and felicitously written." --Modern Philology
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