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Cover -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Abstract Note -- Map -- Chapter I: Introduction -- a) Home and Exile -- b) Discussion -- c) Chapter Overview -- Chapter 2: Methods and Multiple Spaces of Study -- a) My Research -- b) Limitations and Delimitations -- Chapter 3: Home, Exile and The Self: The Negotiation of Concepts -- a) Ideas about Home -- b) Ideas about Exile and the Memory of Home -- c) Theory of the Subject: Ideas about the Self -- Chapter 4: The Context: Malawi as place, its history and its people -- a) Malawi -- b) The Poets -- Felix Mnthali -- Frank Chipasula -- Jack Mapanje -- Lupenga Mphande -- Steve Chimombo -- Chapter 5: The Poetry: An Interpretation of a Selection of Poems by the Named Malawian Poets -- Conclusion: A Reflection on Research Findings and Spaces of Study -- a) On Interpretation: Using Poetry, Interview Material and Fieldwork -- i) Literature as a means of constructing 'home' -- ii )Exploring interview material and fieldwork for research -- b) Research Findings: - Being in Place and being without place: constructing a relationship with home -- c) Concluding Remarks -- Appendix -- a) The Poems -- b) Malawian Myths -- Bibliography -- Back cover.
This book is about home. With Malawi as its focus, it seeks to understand ideas about home as expressed through poetry written by Malawians in English. Although African Literatures are studied those of Malawi have not received agreeable attention. This book surveys poetry by five Malawian writers � Felix Mnthali, Frank Chipasula, Jack Mapanje, Lupenga Mphande, and Steve Chimombo. The discussion negotiates scribed experience of exile, engendered by Dr. Banda�s regime, and shows that the selected poets effectively converse with a sense of home, reflecting on its transformations in their work. Interrogating the strict definitions of home, the argument highlights that far from home-less exiles in fact clarify the sense of what �home� is. The manoeuvre is one of thinking towards an unboundaried �home�. This book will be of value not only to readers interested in the cultures of Africa but to all those with an interest in worldwide literary phenomena, and ideas therein of home and exile.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.