IAA S24 Derek Walcott : poésie, créolité et littérature post‐coloniale,
The Collected Poems (Faber & Faber 1993).
Derek Walcott (1930-, Nobel Prize 1992), from Saint Lucy, is one of the great figures in West-Indian literature today. Poet and painter, Walcott gives a colourful and in-depth picture of what is sometimes called the Caribbean Nation. Reading his poems will also be an occasion to reflect on particular issues, like creoleness, hybridity, postcolonial literature (although Walcott hates the very idea), « World Literature », intertextuality (Walcott pretends he does not know what that means), etc. Incidental references will be made to other contemporary anglophone poets (Heaney, Brodsky, etc.) and to francophone West-Indian writers (Césaire, Glissant, Perse, etc.) As a seminar, this course is based on text commentaries and discussions.
Walcott, Derek. What the Twilight Says (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 1998).
Baer, William, ed. Conversations with Derek Walcott (UP of Mississippi 1996).
Joanny Moulin, Derek Walcott: The Collected Poems (Armand Colin 2005)
Examination : oral text commentary in English, 20 minutes (preparation 1h.)