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The Political Economy of Book Publishing: A Critical View of Eco-Poetics and National Consciousness

Fortress, Isaiah A. (2012) The Political Economy of Book Publishing: A Critical View of Eco-Poetics and National Consciousness. International Journal of Publishing and Reading, 1 (1).

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The publishing of·poetry are far below that of other genres of literature. The reluctance of Nigerian book publishers to ·'accept'po'etry as its medium of discourse arid consequent dearth of1poetry text is eith'er by design or ori purpose: the 'bias ·against poetry cannot be ''unconnected;'with the underc.urrent .of commercial .motives by publishers. Nigerian publishers 'give pri~rity to the publication of course books like ·pre-primary, primary 'and secondary texts. At best, they consider popular narratives and drama with lighter themes of love, humour;- comedy that entertain the r~aders. They neglect the grave and delicate issJes like hunger, poverty and wanton·e 1 xploitation and destruction of the natural environment which is of global concern. No rigorous attempt has been made to study and analyze the intrinsic qualities embedded in poetic discourse: The invaluable contribution of poetry to social change and worl.d emiironme'ntal sustainability thus· remained unharnessed. \ .. This pape~ intends to look at the place of natur~-poetry and book publishing. Through ecocritical discourse i.t intends to look at the ideological and social relevance of poetry a,nd project viable reasons why publishers should · give poetry a fresh place, focus and due recognition . It will also. look at the views of poets on what poetry is and its intrinsic and extrinsic value to humanity and . I , society. Through poetry, contemporary Nigeri~. n poets foreground the fight again~t wanton dislocation of Nigeria ecosystem; · and ithrough ~a me reveal the evil of exploitation· of Nigeria natural environment. This paper will examine t~e way nature-poets like Tanure Ojaide and Niyi Osundare have used poetry 'to promote a healthy' and sustainable environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature poetry, publishing, ecocriticism; poverty, exploitation.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 12:38
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 12:38

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