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Chapter 27 - The Postcolonial

from VI - Critical Contexts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 March 2021

Geraldine Higgins
Affiliation:
Emory University, Atlanta
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This chapter evaluates the status of Seamus Heaney as a postcolonial poet by arguing for a reading of Heaney’s concurrent investment in matters related to colonial politics – a classic postcolonial concern – alongside the burden of aesthetics such that form emerges as sedimented content, and colonial borders yield to a transnational imagination. While rooted in Ireland and a landscape marked by colonialism, Heaney’s brand of transnational poetics is marked by errancy, a mode of wandering and taking flight that discloses alternative horizons for the postcolonial aesthetic and political imaginary. Along with references to other works, this chapter features a close reading of an unpublished poem, 'Errata for BK'.

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Seamus Heaney in Context , pp. 295 - 303
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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