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Postcolonial Perceptions of Homeric Epic by Emily Greenwood

from The Reception of Homer since 1900

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2020

Corinne Ondine Pache
Affiliation:
Trinity University, San Antonio
Casey Dué
Affiliation:
University of Houston
Susan Lupack
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney
Robert Lamberton
Affiliation:
Washington University, St Louis
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This essay analyzes the ambivalence of the reception of the Homeric epics in anti- and postcolonial literatures. The postcolonial reception of the Odyssey can be charted between two poles: the colonizer’s Odyssey, in which works write back to the figure of Odysseus as colonizer, and Odysseus as dispossessed refugee whose wanderings reflect the condition of the wretched of the earth. While the Iliad has been less salient for postcolonial literatures, some notable receptions focus on Helen and on Priam’s back story.

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Print publication year: 2020

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