'Immeasurable as One': Vahni Capildeo’s Prose Poetics

Noel-Tod, Jeremy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0772-1770 (2018) 'Immeasurable as One': Vahni Capildeo’s Prose Poetics. In: British Prose Poetry. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 211-225. ISBN 978-3-319-77862-4

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The work of the Trinidadian British writer Vahni Capildeo has repeatedly employed prose as a poetic form. Noel-Tod reads two of Capildeo’s major prose sequences – ‘The Monster Scrapbook’ (2003) and ‘Person Animal Figure’ (2005) – in the light of her own critical statements, including her resistance to the expectation that a Caribbean writer living in Britain must be a postcolonial ‘documentary witness’. For Capildeo, prose poetry in the experimental tradition of Baudelaire represents a formal and linguistic continuum through which to explore the continuum of experience: the ‘indivisible’ nature of verse and prose are ‘changes of modality’ in one text, and the multiplicity of identities in her prose poetry present a model of lyric selfhood that expands the definition of both the ‘human’ and the ‘poetic’.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: vahni capildeo,prose poetry,postcolonialism,caribbean literature,charles baudelaire,modernism
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Modern and Contemporary Writing Research Group
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2017 06:10
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 00:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65812


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