Dark Antonyms and Paradise

The poetry of Rienzi Crusz


Chelva Kanaganayakam

The poetry and prose of Rienzi Crusz are about many things—exile, identity, family, religion, politics, and racism and finally death—and this work is an attempt to demonstrate that the various facets are a result of a holistic vision that transcends narrow labels. Crusz is best known in Canada as a diasporic writer, committed to exploring the complexities of living between and among two worlds. This study goes beyond binary formulations to argue that while such markers are necessary, a full understanding of the poet's achievement requires that personal history, the political context of migration, poetic influences, and readership in Canada be taken into account. A carefully researched and definitive study, Dark Antonyms and Paradise offers an insightful reading of the work of an important modern poet.

Chelva Kanaganayakam is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and is also the Director for the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His publications include Moveable Margins: The Shifting Spaces of Canadian Literature, Counterrealism and Indo Anglian Fiction, Lutesong and Lament: Tamil Writing from Sri Lanka, and Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose.  
Also by Chelva Kanaganayakam:

  In Our Translated World (2013)
  paperback; $24.00

  You Cannot Turn Away (2011)
  paperback; $24.95
  Moveable Margins (2005)
  paperback; $24.95
  Wilting Laughter (2009)
  poetry / anthology
  paperback; $24.95
  World Without Walls (2011)
  paperback; $36.00

  Configurations of Exile (2013)
  paperback; $16.95

Author Study
Paperback ISBN:  978-0-920661-68-0 
96 pages
Publication Date:  1997

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