IJLLL 2017 Vol.3(4): 230-233 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2017.3.4.138

Myth and Postcolonialism in Walcott’s Omeros

Gabriel Fajar Sasmita Aji
Abstract—Myth is about hegemony’s nostalgia, referring to the past, and postcolonialism is about abolishing hegemony, referring to the future. This strict notion is violated by Walcott’s Omeros, the epic of Caribbean postcoloniality. Its term of epic establishes its myth identity, and its postcoloniality emphasizes the future destiny for the Caribbean. How Walcott manipulated the traditional philosophies dealing with the myth is worth discussing due to its postcoloniality endorsing the Caribbean against the European hegemony. The used stigma of the “new world” has been transformed into the postcolonially dignified “New World.” Close reading and postcolonial theories to Omeros, a narrative poem rendering the daily hardships of plain people of the Caribbean shores, are significant to observe Walcott’s manipulation in its mythological characters, assumed as being adopted from the old Greek mythology, Odyssey. Omeros’s discussion on the past reflects its concern about the future.

Index Terms—Caribbean, Greek, mythology, myth, postcoloniality

Gabriel Fajar Sasmita Aji is with Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia (e-mail: fajar@usd.ac.id).

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Cite:Gabriel Fajar Sasmita Aji, " Myth and Postcolonialism in Walcott’s Omeros," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 230-233, 2017.

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