The Work Must be African, Not Just the Writer

  Literature in Africa remains a war zone for conflicting ideas on what makes the very term- literature- African. Often, writers are torn between two contradicting views that have dominated the discourse since independence. There is a cross-section of writers that believes African literature to be just works written in African languages, and another that…

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A Collective Social Conscience

Social concerns such as caste discrimination, exploitation of workers, women’s issues, among others, dot the landscape of contemporary Odia poetry, drawing attention to marginalized voices in the post-liberalisation era. It was shortly after 1950 that modernism with its Western ethos, was initiated in Odia poetry. A big break from the progressive and the romantic trends…

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Mourning a Loss

The conflict between rural and urban tradition and modernity, and the loss of a way of life, lead to a crisis of personal and political identity in the poetry of Sikkim, Darjeeling, Nepal, and their environs.Traditionally, creativity in the eastern Himalayas has almost always been expressed in song and dance, with themes ranging from the…

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