Philip Larkin (HB @ PB Price): Subversive Writer

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Overturning many of the established perspectives on Larkin’s poetry and prose, Cooper’s book presents new evidence from a range of previously unpublished sources, and is the first full-length critical work to analyze Larkin’s early fiction, as well as advance new readings of The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. Critics have tended to label Larkin’s poetry as sexist, racist and reactionary. However, this volume demonstrates that Larkin’s artistic impulse throughout his career was to challenge ...
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Overview

Overturning many of the established perspectives on Larkin’s poetry and prose, Cooper’s book presents new evidence from a range of previously unpublished sources, and is the first full-length critical work to analyze Larkin’s early fiction, as well as advance new readings of The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. Critics have tended to label Larkin’s poetry as sexist, racist and reactionary. However, this volume demonstrates that Larkin’s artistic impulse throughout his career was to challenge orthodox models of social and sexual politics. Focusing on the Brunette Coleman novellas and the unfinished novels, a structural blueprint is identified as prefiguring the later poems’ commentary on sexual and social conduct. Further unpublished material includes correspondence, workbook drafts, dream records, and a playscript, depicting, alternately, hostility to wartime heroics, revulsion to capitalism, unease with traditional gender roles and an interest in psychoanalysis. This study makes available to scholars paintings by Larkin’s friend, James Sutton, which illuminate the writer’s concern with social oppression, especially the predicament of women in the 1940s. Philip Larkin: Subversive Writer is a fresh and revealing study on Larkin’s artistic subversion; stylistic and thematic, it reveals the underlying themes of Larkin’s entire oeuvre.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845192235
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Pages: 208

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