Poetics of the Diaspora

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This book elaborates a psychoanalytic understanding of the creative process in poets. It does so via a close reading of the author's work and that of other Anglo-Jewish writers. In addition to their obvious cathartic effect, poems (like dreams) involuntarily metabolise hidden anxiety. Troublesome diasporic experience can be shown to generate a distinctive vocabulary and sequence of linguistic tropes. The principal subjects are Jon Silkin, A.C. Jacobs, Dannie Abse, Michael Hamburger, Richard Berengarten, and ...
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Overview

This book elaborates a psychoanalytic understanding of the creative process in poets. It does so via a close reading of the author's work and that of other Anglo-Jewish writers. In addition to their obvious cathartic effect, poems (like dreams) involuntarily metabolise hidden anxiety. Troublesome diasporic experience can be shown to generate a distinctive vocabulary and sequence of linguistic tropes. The principal subjects are Jon Silkin, A.C. Jacobs, Dannie Abse, Michael Hamburger, Richard Berengarten, and Elaine Feinstein.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481027557
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN WILSON was born in London in 1944. He trained in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital qualifying as a doctor in 1968. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, formerly Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University of Oxford. He now devotes himself entirely to work as a poet and writer. His first collection of poems, Fluttering Hands, appeared in 2008. A study of the WW1 poet, Isaac Rosenberg, was published in 2010. He is the author of five other books: Sonata in Four Movements (a novella), The Cradle of Violence: Essays on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Literature, The Bloomsbury Book of the Mind, Introducing the Freud Wars and Sigmund Freud (translated into several languages). In 2010 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship to work on a second collection of poems. He is a trustee of the Poetry Society. His translation of Irène Némirovsky's Le Pion sur l'échiquier will appear in 2013.
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