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Derek Walcott, Omeros: A Critical Bibliography

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Burnett, Paula, Derek Walcott: Politics and Poetics. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2001

Breslin, Paul, ‘Derek Walcott’s “Reversible World”: Centers, Peripheries, and the Scale of Nature.’ Callaloo 28:1 (Winter 2005), 8-24

—— Nobody’s Nation: Reading Derek Walcott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001

Burnett, Paula, ‘Epic, a Woman's Place: A Study of Derek Walcott’s Omeros and Jean Binta Breeze’s “A River Called Wise”’, in Kicking Daffodils: A Celebration of Women’s Poetry, ed. Vicki Bertram. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997, 140-52

—— ‘Walcott’s Intertextual Method: Non-Greek Naming in “Omeros”.’ Callaloo 28:1, Derek Walcott (Winter, 2005), 171-87

—— ‘“Where else to row, but backward?” Addressing Caribbean Futures through Re-visions of the Past.’ Ariel 30:1 (1999), 11-37

Callahan, Lance, In the Shadows of Divine Perfection. Studies in Major Literary Authors: Outstanding Dissertations 30. New York and London: Routledge (2003)

Casteel, Sarah Phillips, ‘Autobiography as Rewriting: Derek Walcott’s Another Life and Omeros.’ The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 34:1 (1999), 9-32

Ciocia, Stefania, ‘To Hell and Back: The Katabasis and the Impossibility of Epic in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 35:2 (2000), 87-103

Collins, Loretta, ‘“We Shall All Heal”: Ma Kilman, the Obeah Woman, as Mother-Healer in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ Literature and Medicine 14:1 (Spring 1995), 146-62

Dick, Rhona, ‘Remembering Breen’s Encomium: “Classic Style”, History and Tradition in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 35:2 (2000), 105-15

Farrell, Joseph: ‘Walcott’s Omeros: The Classical Epic in a Postmodern World.’ The South Atlantic Quarterly 96:2 (1997), 247-73; rpr. in Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World: The Poetics of Community, ed. Margaret Beissinger, Jane Tylus and Susanne Wofford. Berekely, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press (1999), 270-96

Farrier, David, ‘Charting the “Amnesiac Atlantic”: Chiastic Cartography and Caribbean Epic in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 38:1 (2003), 23-38

Figueroa, Víctor, ‘Encomium of Helen: Derek Walcott’s Ethical Twist in Omeros.’ Twentieth Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal 53:1 (Spring 2007), 23-41

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina, ‘Derek Walcott’s Omeros and Dante’s Commedia: Epics of the Self and Journeys into Language.’ Cambridge Quarterly 29:1 (2000), 17-36

—— and Peter L. Patrick, ‘Two Healing Narratives: Suffering, Reintegration, and the Struggle of Language.’ Small Axe 10:2 (Jun 2006), 61-79

Goff, Barbara and Michael Simpson, ‘The Wine-dark Caribbean? Kamau Brathwaite’s Odale’s Choice and Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ Chapter 5 of Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone and Dramas of the African Diaspora. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2007), 219-71

Greenwood, Emily, ‘Still Going On: Temporal Adverbs and the View of the Past in Walcott’s Poetry.’ Callaloo 28:1 (Winter 2005), 132-45

Hamner, Robert Daniel, Epic of the Dispossessed: Derek Walcott’s Omeros. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1997. Reviewed by Gregson Davis, South Central Review 15:2 (Summer 1998), 59-61

Henriksen, Line, Ambition and Anxiety: Ezra Pound’s Cantos and Derek Walcott’s Omeros. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2006.

—— ‘“Big Poems Burn Women”: Fredy Neptune’s Democratic Sailor and Walcott’s Epic Omeros.’ Australian Literary Studies 20:2 (2001), 87-109

—— ‘Homer, First and Dante, Third (Epically Speaking).’ Literary Research (University of Western Ontario) 17:3/4 (Autumn-Winter 2000), 312-33

—— ‘Who is F***ing Helen? Representation in Tony Harrison and Derek Walcott’. World Literature Written in English 39:1 (2003 for 2001), 86-96

Hofmeister, Timothy P., ‘Iconoclasm, elegy and epiphany: Derek Walcott contemplating the bust of Homer.’ International Journal of the Classical Tradition 1:1 (Jun 1994), 107-28

—— ‘The Wolf and the Hare: Epic expansion and contextualization in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ International Journal of the Classical Tradition 2:4 (Mar 1996), 536-54

Ismond, Patricia, Abandoning Dead Metaphors: the Caribbean Phase of Derek Walcott’s Poetry. Kingston: Univ. of the West Indies Press, 2001

Jay, Paul, ‘Fated to Unoriginality: The Politics of Mimicry in Derek Walcott’s “Omeros”.’ Callaloo 29:2 (Spring, 2006), 545-59

Kaufman, Helen, ‘Decolonizing the Postcolonial Colonizers: Helen in Derek Walcott’s Omeros’, in Classics and the Uses of Reception, ed. Charles Martindale and Richard F. Thomas. Oxford: Blackwell (2006), 192-203

King, Bruce, Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000

Matos, Nicole, ‘“Join, Interchangeable Phantoms”: From Metaphor to Metonymy in Walcott’s Omeros.’ Small Axe 10:2 (Jun 2006), 40-60

Melas, Natalie, ‘Forgettable Vacations and Metaphor in Ruins: Walcott’s “Omeros”.’ Callaloo 28:1, Derek Walcott (Winter, 2005), 147-68

Minkler, Julie A., ‘Helen’s Calibans: A Study of Gender Hierarchy in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.’ World Literature Today 67:2 (1993), 272-6

Moffett Joe W., ‘“Master, I was the freshest of all your readers”: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and Homer as literary origin.’ Literature Interpretation Theory 16:1 (Jan–Mar 2005), 1-23

Oakley, Seanna, ‘“A Way to Cross Over”: Caribbean Literary Criticism.’ Literature Compass 1:1 (Jan 2004), 1-15

Okpewho, Isidore. ‘Walcott, Homer, and the “Black Atlantic”.’ Research in African Literatures 33:1 (2002), 27-44

Pollard, Charles W., ‘Traveling with Joyce: Derek Walcott’s Discrepant Cosmopolitan Modernism.’ Twentieth Century Literature 47:2 (Summer 2001), 197-216

Ramazani, Jahan, "The Wound of Postcolonial History: Derek Walcott’s Omeros." PMLA 112:3 (May 1997), 405-17. Rpr. in Jahan Ramazani, The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001, 49-71

Ryan, Judith, ‘The long German poem in the long twentieth century.’ German Life and Letters 60:3 (Jul 2007), 348-64

Sauerberg, Lars Ole, ‘Repositioning Narrative: The Late-Twentieth-Century Verse Novels of Vikram Seth, Derek Walcott, Craig Raine, Anthony Burgess, and Bernadine Evaristo.’ Orbis Litterarum 59:6 (Dec 2004), 439-64

Stewart, Susan, ‘Derek Walcott’s Omeros’. Letter in PMLA 113:1, Special Topic: Ethnicity (Jan 1998), 130

Thieme, John, Derek Walcott. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999

Walcott, Derek, ‘The Antilles, Fragments of Epic Memory: the 1992 Nobel Lecture.’ World Literature Today 67:2 (1993), 261-9

—— ‘Reflections on Omeros.’ The South Atlantic Quarterly 96:2 (1997): 229-46

Wieland, James. ‘“Adam’s Task…”: Myths and Fictions in the Poetry of Derek Walcott’, in James Wieland, The Ensphering Mind: History, Myth, and Fictions in the Poetry of Allen Curnow, Nissim Ezekiel, A. D. Hope, A. M. Klein, Christopher Okigbo, and Derek Walcott. Washington, DC: Three Continents, 1998, 165-88

Williams, Ted, ‘Truth and Representation: The Confrontation of History and Mythology in “Omeros”.’ Callaloo 24:1 (Winter, 2001), 276-86

Zoppi, Isabella Maria, ‘“Omeros”, Derek Walcott and the Contemporary Epic Poem.’ Callaloo 22: 2 (Spring 1999), 509-28