'Reciprocal recognitions': race, class and subjectivity in Tony Harrison's The Loiners

Colin Nicholson

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Abstract

Over the last four decades, the work of Tony Harrison has won him the status of England's alternative poet laureate, some of it reaching a mass audience through the medium of film and television. At its heart lies a radical republicanism often expressing itself through an impassioned dialectic between race, class and culture. Yet, despite the honours and critical acclaim that have punctuated his career, this aspect of his work has been less explored. Here, Nicholson examines the seminal influence on Harrison's poetry of his time in Nigeria, with particularly reference to his early collection The Loiners, and relates it to the analysis of colonialism developed by Frantz Fanon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-78
Number of pages20
JournalRace & Class
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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