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Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies

Space, Place and Poetry in English and German, 1960–1975

Authors: Thomas, Nicola

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  • Examines the transitional phase between modernism and postmodernism
  • Sheds new light on comparative studies of British and German poets
  • Provides a broad overview of discursive, historical and poetic contexts through case studies
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Space, Place and Poetry in English and German, 1960-1975 examines the work of Paul Celan, J. H. Prynne, Derek Mahon, Sarah Kirsch, Edwin Morgan and Ernst Jandl, bringing together postwar English- and German-language poetry and criticism on the theme of space, place and landscape. Nicola Thomas highlights hitherto underexplored connections between a wide range of poets working across the two language areas, demonstrating that space and place are vital critical categories for understanding poetry of this period. Thomas’s analysis reveals weaknesses in existing critical taxonomies, arguing for the use of ‘late modernist’ as a category with cross-cultural relevance, and promotes methodological exchange between the Anglophone and German traditions of landscape, space and place oriented poetic criticism, to the benefit of both.

About the authors

Nicola Thomas is Stipendiary Lecturer in German at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, UK. Her research examines twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry in English and German.

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“This is a timely and engaging monograph informed by thorough, perceptive and sophisticated scholarship. The pairings of poets are novel and illuminating – I know of no other study that examines Anglophone and German-language poetry of this period in such detail – and Thomas’s deft combination of ideas from German and Anglophone traditions is highly suggestive.” (Neal Alexander, Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature, Aberystwyth University, UK and author of Ciaran Carson: Space, Place, Writing)

“Space, Place and Poetry in English and German, 1960-1975 offers an ambitious, original perspective on the poetry of six acclaimed poets from six different countries over nearly two decades. It pairs major writers from the Anglophone and German traditions in a series of genuinely illuminating case studies, which run counter to conventional wisdom and contribute to a bold topographical reading of post-war poetry. This is subtle, detailed and constantly inspiring, interdisciplinary research the way it should be done.” (Karen Leeder, Professor of Modern German Literature, University of Oxford, UK)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Case for Comparison

    Thomas, Nicola

    Pages 1-25

  • Language as Landscape in J. H. Prynne and Paul Celan

    Thomas, Nicola

    Pages 27-51

  • Excavation, Expansion and Enclosure: Paul Celan’s ‘Engführung’ (1959) and J. H. Prynne’s ‘The Glacial Question, Unsolved’ (1969)

    Thomas, Nicola

    Pages 53-79

  • Negotiating Home in the Work of Derek Mahon and Sarah Kirsch

    Thomas, Nicola

    Pages 81-107

  • Form and Community: Derek Mahon’s ‘Beyond Howth Head’ (1972) and Sarah Kirsch’s ‘Wiepersdorf’ Cycle (1973)

    Thomas, Nicola

    Pages 109-135

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90211-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Place and Poetry in English and German, 1960–1975
Authors
Series Title
Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90212-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90212-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90211-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 208
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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