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The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry

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Jane Dowson, Ian Gregson, Claire Buck, William May, Melanie Petch, Catriona Clutterbuck, Lee M. Jenkins, Alice Entwistle, Linda A. Kinnahan, Brian Caraher
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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120210

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  • This Companion provides new ways of reading a wide range of influential women's poetry. Leading international scholars offer insights on a century of writers, drawing out the special function of poetry and the poets' use of language, whether it is concerned with the relationship between verbal and visual art, experimental poetics, war, landscape, history, cultural identity or 'confessional' lyrics. Collectively, the chapters cover well established and less familiar poets, from Edith Sitwell and Mina Loy, through Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Jennings to Anne Stevenson, Eavan Boland and Jo Shapcott. They also include poets at the forefront of poetry trends, such as Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Patience Agbabi, Caroline Bergvall, Medbh McGuckian and Carol Ann Duffy. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this book is aimed at students and poetry enthusiasts wanting to deepen their knowledge of some of the finest modern poets.

    • Extensive coverage of key poets across the century from Mina Loy to Carol Ann Duffy
    • Discusses the critical reception of women's poetry in detail, with suggestions for key studies for further reading
    • Makes connections between poets, works and themes, offering new ways of reading women's poetry
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries where the topic is of interest, even - and perhaps especially - where the individual poets are not otherwise represented."
    --Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources (Volume 33. Summer 2012)

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120210
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Jane Dowson
    2. Post/modernist rhythms and voices: Edith Sitwell and Stevie Smith to Jo Shapcott and Selima Hill Ian Gregson
    3. Reframing women's war poetry Claire Buck
    4. Verbal and visual art in twentieth-century British women's poetry William May
    5. Towards a new confessionalism: Elizabeth Jennings and Sylvia Plath Jane Dowson
    6. The 'mid-Atlantic imagination': Mina Loy, Anne Stevenson, Ruth Fainlight, Eva Salzman and Anne Rouse Melanie Petch
    7. The Irish history wars and Irish women's poetry Catriona Clutterbuck
    8. Interculturalism: Imtiaz Dharker, Patience Agbabi, Jackie Kay and contemporary Irish poets Lee M. Jenkins
    9. Post-pastoral perspectives on landscape and culture Alice Entwistle
    10. Experimental 'work at the language-face' Linda A. Kinnahan
    11. Carol Ann Duffy, Medbh McGuckian and ruptures in the lines of communication Brian Caraher
    Guide to further reading
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Genre Studies
    • Graduate Seminar: 20TH C. British Poetry
  • Editor

    Jane Dowson, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Jane Dowson is Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature at De Montfort University.

    Contributors

    Jane Dowson, Ian Gregson, Claire Buck, William May, Melanie Petch, Catriona Clutterbuck, Lee M. Jenkins, Alice Entwistle, Linda A. Kinnahan, Brian Caraher

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