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Title:'Hollow land of emptiness': repression and ecology in some early Rhodesian poetry
Author:Wylie, DanISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:20
Pages:29-43
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:nationalism
minority groups
Whites
landscape
literature
English language
poetry
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131750385310051
Abstract:When the fiftieth birthday of the invasion of Mashonaland by the Pioneer Column in 1890 was approaching, one contribution to a celebration of this event by the white community in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was the publication in 1938 of an anthology of poetry, edited by one John Snelling. The incipient and exclusive 'minority nationalism' expressed in the anthology is indivisible from the aesthetics of the environment which pervade the majority of the poems. The present author is particularly interested in this interfusion of environment and political identity. He uses an 'ecological criticism' approach to read the cultural meaning of the poems. Attention is paid to poems by Lilian Burnet, W.B. Bussy, Arthur Shearly Cripps, Kingsley Fairbridge, Theodosia Garrison, H.M.G. Jackson, Plestina M. Louw, Cicely M. Morice, N.H.D. Spicer, T.G. Standing, and C.C. Woolacott. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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