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Literary Criticism Caribbean & Latin American

Dark Antonyms and Paradise

The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz

by (author) Chelva Kanaganayakam

Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1997
Caribbean & Latin American
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The poetry and prose of Rienzi Crusz are about many things-exile, identity, family, religion, politics, and racism and finally death-and this work is an attempt to demonstrate that the various facets are a result of a holistic vision that transcends narrow labels. Crusz is best known in Canada as a diasporic writer, committed to exploring the complexities of living between and among two worlds. This study goes beyond binary formulations to argue that while such markers are necessary, a full understanding of the poet's achievement requires that personal history, the political context of migration, poetic influences, and readership in Canada be taken into account. A carefully researched and definitive study, Dark Antonyms and Paradise offers an insightful reading of the work of an important modern poet.

About the author

Chelva Kanaganayakam is currently an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. His publications include Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose (1993); Configurations of Exile: South Asian Writers and Their World (1995) and Dark Antonyms and Paradise: The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz (1997).

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