ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Derek Walcott’s Omeros as a Palimpsestuous Adaptation: A Postmodernist Reading


  1. Maira Asif
    BS Student, Department of English, Govt. Post Graduate College (W), Satellite Town, Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Hina Rafique
    Assistant Professor, Department of English, Govt. Post Graduate College (W), Satellite Town, Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan


This research study aims at doing analysis of the poem Omeros by Derek Walcott as a postmodern text. The researcher investigates the postmodern elements in the epic under study by applying Linda Hutcheon’s theory of adaptation, as a theoretical framework. Omeros presents an intricate web of plots in multiple settings with different temporal shifts. It unfolds the post-colonial wounds of the locality of St. Lucia, which are stuck in a limbo of modern transformation of their island, black racial struggle and a past of colonial slavery. Thus, within domain of theory of adaptation, the researcher divulges in extensive intertextual and palimpsestuous engagement of Omeros with the classical literary gems; Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Divine Comedy and many more, thus exploiting Omeros as a modern adaptation. The characters, plotline, themes and intertextuality present in the text are interwoven with the classical epics. On adaptative platform, exhibiting the legendary characters; Philoctete, Achilles, Hector, Helen (from classics) and Walcott himself, the epic narrates the psychological pandemonium of these characters struggling for their identity and home at present time. Hence, the researcher focuses on the intertextuality and palimpsestuous elements in Omeros; Omeros emerges as a collage of all these classical texts.

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Adaptation, Intertextuality, Omeros, Palimpsestuous, Postmodernism


Article # 5
Volume # 1
Issue # 2

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DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2020(1-II)5
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