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From Home and Exile

A Negotiation of Ideas about Home in Malawian Poetry

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Woods, Joanna

Livrel (PDF, ) 236p.
(Poetry) - ISBN: 9789956792306
This book is about home. With Malawi as its focus, it seeks to understand ideas about home as expressed through poetry written by Malawians in English. Although African Literatures are studied those of Malawi have not received agreeable attention. This boo k surveys poetry by five Malawian writers ± Felix Mnthali, Frank Chipasula, Jack Mapanje, Lupenga Mphande, and Steve Chimombo. The discussion negotiates scribed experience of exile, engendered by Dr. Banda's regime, and shows that the selected poets effect ively converse with a sense of home, reflecting on its transformations in their work. Interrogating the strict definitions of home, the argument highlights that far from home-less exiles in fact clarify the sense of what Ùhome' is. The manoeuvre is one of thinking towards an unboundaried Ùhome'. This book will be of value not only to readers interested in the cultures of Africa but to all those with an interest in worldwide literary phenomena, and ideas therein of home and exile.
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