Readership: For students and scholars interested in classical studies and its reception, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature.
Justine McConnell, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, Oxford University
Justine McConnell is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oxford University's Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, working on the 'Performing Epic' project. She is co-editor of Ancient Slavery and Abolition: from Hobbes to Hollywood (OUP, 2011) with Edith Hall and Richard Alston, and of a forthcoming volume, The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, with Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, and Patrice Rankine.
"a scholarly work that should lead readers interested in Homer and ancient Greece into a wider, politically charged world" - Sean Sheehan, Dublin Review of Books
List of illustrations
Introduction: The Odysseys of Postcolonialism
1: A Martiniquan Ithaca: Aimé Césaire's Cahier d un retour au pays natal
2: Invisible Odysseus and the Cyclops: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
3: The 'unread' Homer: Derek Walcott's Omeros and The Odyssey: A Stage Version
4: A Deep South Odyssey: Jon Amiel's Sommersby
5: Cross-Cultural Nostoi: Wilson Harris' The Mask of the Beggar
6: South African Penelopes: Njabulo Ndebele's The Cry of Winnie Mandela
Coda: New Directions: Jatinder Verma and Tara Arts
Conclusion: Rewriting Odysseys
Appendix: Interview with Jatinder Verma