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Misreading England: Poetry and Nationhood Since the Second World War
     

Misreading England: Poetry and Nationhood Since the Second World War

by Raphael Ingelbien, Erik Kooper (Editor), Theo D'haen (Editor), C. C. Barfoot (Editor)
 

In Misreading England: Poetry and Nationhood Since the Second World War, Raphaël Ingelbien examines how issues of nationhood have affected the works and the reception of several English and Irish poets – Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill and Seamus Heaney. This study explores the interactions between post-war English poets and the ways in

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In Misreading England: Poetry and Nationhood Since the Second World War, Raphaël Ingelbien examines how issues of nationhood have affected the works and the reception of several English and Irish poets – Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill and Seamus Heaney. This study explores the interactions between post-war English poets and the ways in which they transformed or misread earlier poetic visions of England – Romantic, Georgian, Modernist. It also traces often neglected but crucial links between their troubled poetics of Englishness and Seamus Heaney’s poetry of Irish nationhood. This radically intertextual approach takes issue with influential accounts of post-war poetry that have drawn on postcolonialism. Instead of being made to reflect contemporary agendas, the poetics of nationhood are here considered in all their textual and ideological complexity, and restored to the historical, intellectual and literary contexts which postcolonial emphases on identity often play down or simplify. Whereas critics in post-devolution Britain increasingly use texts to debunk or promote specific versions of national identity, this study interrogates the very terms in which the debate has been conducted. Its metacritical analyses expose the contradictions of identity politics, and its intertextual readings help re-draw the map of post-war poetry in Britain and Ireland.

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”…alert textual analyses…” in: PN Review, May-June 2003, Vol. 29, No. 5
“illuminating emphasis upon philology…” in: Symbiosis - A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, April 2004
“…most notable about his study is his alertness tot eh ways in which poetry plays a role in deconstructing ,[…] rather than simple registering national identity.” in: Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol. 82.5, 2003

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042011236
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Costerus New Series , #142
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.98(d)

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