Malagasy ecopoetics: The hybrid poetry of Parny, Rabearivelo and Mahaleo

Margrave, Christie (2022) Malagasy ecopoetics: The hybrid poetry of Parny, Rabearivelo and Mahaleo. Journal of Romance Studies, 22 (1). pp. 73-104. ISSN 1752-2331

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Malagasy literary production has long displayed a discourse with Madagascar’s unique environment, often linking this with an exploration of island identity. This article examines and compares poetic writing in Madagascar across 350 years. It studies the anti-colonial prose poems of eighteenth-century white creole poet Évariste Parny alongside early twentieth-century poems of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, who brings French Symbolism into contact with traditional Malagasy verse, and lyrical poetry by the musicians in the modern folk-pop band Mahaleo, who bring a mixture of traditions to a unique Malagasy style of music. Parny, Rabearivelo, and Mahaleo all build on and break with generic convention of poetic form, and all do so to draw attention to the island’s specific experience of ecological colonial violence and to their interpretation of eco-regional identity. Their writings help us make sense of the ecological changes in Madagascar during and after colonisation, and of the human response to these changes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: malagasy poetry,malagasy music,environment,ecopoetics,postcolonialism,hybridity,identity,eco-regions,eighteenth century,twentieth century,madagascar,eighteenth-century literature,twentieth-century literature,cultural studies,visual arts and performing arts,language and linguistics,literature and literary theory,linguistics and language,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3316
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 09:08
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 03:03
DOI: 10.3828/jrs.2022.4


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