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Tony Harrison and the Holocaust

Tony Harrison and the Holocaust

by Anthony Rowland


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Rowland (English, U. of Salford, UK) counters Adorno's well- known comment that "to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric" with his critique of a contemporary British poet's struggle to accentuate the positive in a world which, in Harrison's words, "has had its affirmative spirit burnt out." Though not typically regarded among post-Holocaust literature, poems such as "The Pocket Wars of Peanuts Joe" and "Sonnets for 1945" interpret the Holocaust and Hiroshima in a non-victim approach through childhood media- mediated perceptions of World War II. Indexed by Morrison's works and by general subject. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853235064
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies , #39
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

About the Author

Antony Rowland is Professor in English at the University of Salford.

Table of Contents

1.Cinema, Masturbation and Peter Pan: A Non-Victim Approach to the Holocaust33
2.Amorous Discourse and 'Bolts of Annihilation' in the American Poems87
3.Mourning and Annihilation in the Family Sonnets144
4.The Fragility of Memory195
5.Culture/Barbarism Dialectics in Harrison's Poetry248

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