Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Black OdysseysThe Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Justine McConnell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605002.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 January 2021

The ‘Unread’ Homer: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and The Odyssey: A Stage Version

The ‘Unread’ Homer: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and The Odyssey: A Stage Version

(p.106) (p.107) 3 The ‘Unread’ Homer: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and The Odyssey: A Stage Version
Black Odysseys

Justine McConnell

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers complex responses to Homer’s epics, which engage with Homer’s centrality to the Western canon, and, in a move that reflects the ‘hybridity’ Walcott acclaims as a facet of Caribbean identity, are specifically Caribbean as well. At the same time, he is wary of Afrocentrism, as reflected in the nekuian reverse Middle Passage of Omeros. Walcott sees close connections between the two archipelagos of Greece and the Caribbean, while rejecting that either has primacy over the other. His responses to Homer are all the more radical for their refusal either to invert or to collude in the traditional readings of the Odyssey.

Keywords:   Walcott, Omeros Odyssey, Afrocentrism, hybridity, nekuia, combat trauma

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .