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

  • Nicola Thomas

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

British poetry German poetry postwar poetry landscape in poetry place in poetry space in poetry Paul Celan J.H. Prynne Derek Mahon Sarah Kirsch Ernst Jandi Edwin Morgan German-language literary criticism spatiality temporality British literary criticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicola Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.St Hilda’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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