A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry / Edition 1

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry / Edition 1

by Nigel Alderman
     
 

This Concise Companion introduces students to the most important poetic figures, movements, contexts, and trends in post-war British and Irish poetry, providing a much-needed reference point in a sprawling and often contentious field. Written by critics on both sides of the Atlantic and complemented by a general chronology detailing some of the most

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This Concise Companion introduces students to the most important poetic figures, movements, contexts, and trends in post-war British and Irish poetry, providing a much-needed reference point in a sprawling and often contentious field. Written by critics on both sides of the Atlantic and complemented by a general chronology detailing some of the most important writers, volumes, and events of recent decades, these essays provide contexts for critical reading, situating the central issues confronting post-war British and Irish poets within the wider framework of twentieth-century poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405129244
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #27
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Alderman is assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He previously taught at Yale University where he was awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College. He has published on both Romantic and Modern poetry and is completing a book on British literature of the sixties.

C. D. Blanton is assistant professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches modern poetry. He has previously taught at Princeton University. He is currently completing a study of late modernist British poetry entitled Aftereffects, and together with Nigel Alderman he has edited Pocket Epics: British Poetry After Modernism.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xii

Chronology xv

Introduction 1
Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton

1 Poetic Modernism and the Century’s Wars 11
Vincent Sherry

2 The Movement and the Mainstream 32
Stephen Burt

3 Myth, History, and The New Poetry 51
Nigel Alderman

4 Region and Nation in Britain and Ireland 72
Michael Thurston

5 Form and Identity in Northern Irish Poetry 92
John P. Waters

6 Poetry and Decolonization 111
Jahan Ramazani

7 Transatlantic Currents 134
C. D. Blanton

8 Neo-Modernism and Avant-Garde Orientations 155
Drew Milne

9 Contemporary British Women Poets and the Lyric Subject 176
Linda A. Kinnahan

10 Place, Space, and Landscape 200
Eric Falci

11 Poetry and Religion 221
Romana Huk

12 Institutions of Poetry in Postwar Britain 243
Peter Middleton

References 264

Index 285

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