Narrative Rewritings and Artistic Praxis in Derek Walcott's Works: Caribbean Decolonisations

This book focuses on Derek Walcott’s literary and artistic wor(l)d. Western postcolonial critique has depicted the Nobel Prize laureate as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century world. This, however, devalues his fundamental contribution to the realm of Caribbean theatre and art. The text examines Walcott’s multimodal production, a combination of West Indian folkloric forms and Western-oriented structures and themes, by discussing three of his works—two plays, The Joker of Seville and Pantomime, and a long poem, Tiepolo’s Hound. These epitomise respectively a response to Spanish, English, and French cultural legacies in the New World as postcolonial re-writings of Don Juan, Robinson Crusoe, and Camille Pissarro’s stories. Following Quijano and Mignolo’s decolonial approaches and Riane Eisler’s partnership perspective, the book uncovers the strategies used by Walcott to respond to the colonial matrix of power.

Mattia Mantellato holds a PhD (Doctor Europaeus) in English Language and Literatures from the University of Udine, Italy, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the project “English Caribbean Literatures of the Ocean: Eco-Feminist and Transdisciplinary Perspectives for a New Blue Aesthetic”. He researches and publishes on Derek Walcott’s work, world literatures, English literature, performance and dance studies and multimodal studies. He is also a professional ballet dancer, choreographer and artist. He graduated from La Scala Ballet Academy in Milan, and, for seven seasons, was part of the ensemble of the National Ballet Theatre of Prague.

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ISBN: 1-5275-8806-8

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-8806-6

Release Date: 23rd August 2022

Pages: 382

Price: £69.99