n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Aimé césaire and the Cyclops of Theocritus, 11 : miscellanea

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In her recently published book, , Justine McConnell writes illuminatingly about the Homeric as an intertext in Aimé Césaire's 'landmark poem for anticolonialism', . In particular, McConnell discusses 'a pivotal episode of the poem' in which the narrator encounters an ugly poverty-stricken black man on a tram and is complicit with others in laughing at him. Given that the narrator of is cast as a kind of Odysseus returning (if only in imagination) to the land of his birth, McConnell rightly takes the black man he encounters to be a Cyclops figure, whom the narrator regards as a loathsome 'Other', just as Odysseus regarded the monstrous Polyphemus in 9.

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