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Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939

Justine McConnell


This book explores creative works that respond to the Homeric Odyssey. Considering what the ancient Greek epic has signified for those struggling to emerge from the shadow of Western imperialism, and how it has inspired anticolonial poets, novelists, playwrights, and directors. This study examines twentieth- and twenty first-century works by artists from Africa and the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and the United States. In seeking to discover why the Odyssey has been of such interest to these artists, the great plurality of responses becomes clear: there is no ‘postcolonial respon ... More

Keywords: Homer, Odyssey, diaspora, postcolonial, home, identity, Césaire, Ellison, Walcott, Sommersby, Harris, Ndebele, Verma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justine McConnell, author
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, Oxford University