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W. H. Auden in Context

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Tony Sharpe, Patrick Deer, Stan Smith, Aidan Wasley, Justin Quinn, Adrian Caesar, Gregory Woods, Richard Bozorth, Janet Montefiore, Michael Wood, Matthew Worley, John Boly, Alan Jacobs, Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb, Edward Mendelson, Keith Williams, Steve Nicholson, David Collard, Tim Youngs, Michael Symmons Roberts, Chris Jones, Stephen Regan, Michael O'Neill, Hugh Haughton, Gareth Reeves, Rainer Emig, James J. Berg, Chris Freeman, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Thacker, Richard Badenhausen, Seamus Perry
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521196574

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  • W. H. Auden is a giant of twentieth-century English poetry whose writings demonstrate a sustained engagement with the times in which he lived. But how did the century's shifting cultural terrain affect him and his work? Written by distinguished poets and scholars, these brief but authoritative essays offer a varied set of coordinates by which to chart Auden's continuously evolving career, examining key aspects of his environmental, cultural, political, and creative contexts. Reaching beyond mere biography, these essays present Auden as the product of ongoing negotiations between himself, his time, and posterity, exploring the enduring power of his poetry to unsettle and provoke. The collection will prove valuable for scholars, researchers, and students of English literature, cultural studies, and creative writing.

    • Offers lively, up-to-date essays that both scholars and newcomers to Auden will find engaging and accessible
    • Features essays by authoritative writers, including contemporary poets as well as major scholars
    • Provides a complete portrait of Auden's life and times, offering helpful contextual models for engaging with Auden's poetry
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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521196574
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of contributors
    A note on editions and abbreviations
    Introduction Tony Sharpe
    Part I. Contexts of Place:
    1. Auden's northerliness Tony Sharpe
    2. Two cities: Berlin and New York Patrick Deer
    3. Ideas about England Stan Smith
    4. Ideas of America Aidan Wasley
    5. At home in Italy and Austria Justin Quinn
    Part II. Social and Cultural Contexts:
    6. Auden and the class system Adrian Caesar
    7. The Church of England: Auden's Anglicanism Tony Sharpe
    8. British homosexuality, 1920–39 Gregory Woods
    9. American homosexuality, 1939–72 Richard Bozorth
    10. Auden among women Janet Montefiore
    11. Auden and the American literary world Aidan Wasley
    12. Atlantic Auden Michael Wood
    Part III. Political, Historical and Theoretical Contexts:
    13. Communism and fascism in 1920s and 1930s Britain Matthew Worley
    14. Auden and wars Patrick Deer
    15. Auden and Freud: the psychoanalytic text John Boly
    16. Auden's theology Alan Jacobs
    17. In history Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb
    Part IV. Creative Contexts (i):
    18. The body Edward Mendelson
    19. The cinema Keith Williams
    20. 1930s British drama Steve Nicholson
    21. The documentary moment David Collard
    22. Travel writing Tim Youngs
    23. Auden and post-war opera Michael Symmons Roberts
    (ii) Precursors and Contemporaries:
    24. Earlier English influences Chris Jones
    25. Shakespeare Stephen Regan
    26. Yeats Michael O'Neill
    27. Eliot Hugh Haughton
    28. Some modernists in early Auden Gareth Reeves
    29. In German Rainer Emig
    30. Auden and Isherwood James J. Berg and Chris Freeman
    Part V. The 'Most Professional' Poet:
    31. Auden in prose Sean O'Brien
    32. Auden and little magazines Andrew Thacker
    33. Double take: Auden in collaboration Richard Badenhausen
    34. Auden and prosody Sean O'Brien
    35. Auden's forms Seamus Perry
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Tony Sharpe, Lancaster University
    Tony Sharpe is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is the author of critically acclaimed books on W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov and Wallace Stevens. His essays on modernist writing and poetry have appeared in journals such as Critical Survey and Literature and Theology, as well as in various edited collections.

    Contributors

    Tony Sharpe, Patrick Deer, Stan Smith, Aidan Wasley, Justin Quinn, Adrian Caesar, Gregory Woods, Richard Bozorth, Janet Montefiore, Michael Wood, Matthew Worley, John Boly, Alan Jacobs, Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb, Edward Mendelson, Keith Williams, Steve Nicholson, David Collard, Tim Youngs, Michael Symmons Roberts, Chris Jones, Stephen Regan, Michael O'Neill, Hugh Haughton, Gareth Reeves, Rainer Emig, James J. Berg, Chris Freeman, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Thacker, Richard Badenhausen, Seamus Perry

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