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Black OdysseysThe Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939$
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Justine McConnell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605002.001.0001

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Rewriting Odysseys

(p.254) (p.255) Conclusion
Black Odysseys

Justine McConnell

Oxford University Press

This closing chapter concludes that anticolonial and postcolonial responses to the Odyssey cannot be homogenized; there is no single ‘postcolonial response’ to Homer, rather a multitude of diverse responses and ‘receptions’. The Odyssey has inspired such a large number of responses throughout history because of the ‘adaptability’of its hero and his adventures. It has been important to many postcolonial writers for these reasons, but in addition, specifically because its story is inherently one of proto-colonialism, of dislocation from home, and from one’s identity, of struggle against the unfamiliar, and even of sympathy for that ‘other’. The Homeric Odyssey contains these themes, but it has taken anticolonial writers to reinvigorate them with new and powerful resonances.

Keywords:   proto-colonialism, home, postcolonial, adaptability, reception

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