Hauntology pp 25-42 | Cite as

Chapter 1 The (Spectral) Turn of the Century in Simon Armitage’s ‘Killing Time’ (1999)

  • Katy Shaw


In Simon Armitage’s long poem ‘Killing Time’ (1999), a range of social and cultural tropes associated with the liminal, the historical and the uncanny combine to bring recent events into a new focus. Highlighting the contested space and time of historical record, and of the literary, the chapter explores how and why emergent structures of feeling haunt Armitage’s ostensibly celebratory poem, casting long shadows over humanity’s perceived lack of progress in the millennial moment.


Time Poetry Past Simon Armitage Media Millennial Contemporary Future Haunting Society Contemporary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katy Shaw
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  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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