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What Is a Classic?Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon$
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Ankhi Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785211

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.001.0001

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“Best of the World’s Classics”

“Best of the World’s Classics”

Derek Walcott Between Classics and the Classic

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What Is a Classic?

Ankhi Mukherjee

Stanford University Press

Examining a wide range of Walcott’s poetry, plays, and essays, this chapter looks at Walcott’s use of mimesis and mimicry, his espousal of rereading and rewriting, his privileging of “decomposition” as composition, and his Creole modernism

Keywords:   Epic, satire, mimicry, rereading, classics, vernacular, Creole, modernism

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