Creating a Nation: Peter Nazareth as Literary Critic
Peter Nazareth is a well known literary critic of African and Third World literatures. Using his most recent book, Edwin Thumboo: Creating a Nation Through Poetry, this essay analyses Nazarethâ€™s critical thinking and identifies three basic components. The first component establishes that Nazareth is a communal critic, indicating the desire not to have oneâ€™s own voice dominating the discourse. The second component is Nazarethâ€™s power of synthesis, which is the driving force behind his discourse. Synthesis generally means combining two different things to create a new thing. Born from three cultures, that is, African, Malayan, and Goan, this fragmentation becomes for Nazareth an urge for bridging, which later develops into a high artistic synthesising. The third component is the delight of influence, which constantly feeds synthesis and communal criticism. Not having anxieties about being influenced, Nazarethâ€™s power of synthesis celebrates all influences in a complex textual pluralism.
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