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  1. Poetry and terror : politics and poetics in Coming to Jakarta

    Scott, Peter Dale
    Lanham : Lexington Books, [2018]

    A study at many levels of Scott's long poem Coming to Jakarta, a book-length response to a midlife crisis triggered in part by the author's initial inability to share his knowledge and horror about American involvement in the great Indonesian massacre of 1965. Interviews with Ng supply fuller information about the poem's discussions of: a) how this psychological trauma led to an explorations of violence in American society and then, after a key recognition, in the poet himself; b) the poem's look at east-west relations through the lens of the yin-yang, spiritual-secular doubleness of the human condition; c) how the process of writing the poem led to the recovery of memories too threatening at first to be retained by his normal presentational self, and d) the mystery of right action, guided by the Bhagavad Gita and the maxim in the Gospel of Thomas that "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you." Led by the interviews to greater self-awareness, Scott then analyses his poem as also an elegy, not just for the dead in Indonesia, but "for the passing of the Sixties era, when so many of us imagined that a Movement might achieve major changes for a better America." Subsequent chapters develop how human doubleness can lead to an inner tension between the needs of politics and the needs of poetry, and how some poetry can serve as a non-violent higher politics, contributing to the evolution of human culture and thus our "second nature." The book also reproduces a Scott prose essay, inspired by the poem, on the U.S. involvement in and support for the 1965 massacre. It then discusses how this essay was translated into Indonesian and officially banned by the Indonesian dictatorship, and how ultimately it and the poem helped inspire the ground-breaking films of Josh Oppenheimer that have led to the first official discussions in Indonesia of what happened in 1965.

  2. Fire on the mountain : creative work on the Obuhikira

    Kampala : Dovesong Educational Publishers, 2018.

    "This anthology revisits what happened in Kasese in November 2016- the Ugandan state's bombing of the Obuhikira, the palace of the King of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma."

  3. Cultural representations of massacre : reinterpretations of the mutiny of Senegal

    Parent, Sabrina
    New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

    Over the past sixty years, the massacre of Thiaroye (Senegal), the 1944 mutiny of African soldiers that was severely suppressed by the French army, has been continuously reinterpreted by artists such as L. S. Senghor, F. Keita, Doumbi-Fakoly, O. Sembene, B. B. Diop, R. Bouchareb, and F. F. Faye. In this book, Parent puts together a history of these representations, characterizing their socio-historical role and the way each document (re-)interprets the events. Combining a first-hand analysis of the works and their intertextual interactions, as well as an external perspective (which consists of reconstructing the socio-historical contexts of production and reception of each document), Parent engages with history, literature, film, poetics, and politics and highlights the importance of remembering the past.


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