Poetry & Displacement

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Poetry & Displacement

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November 1st, 2007

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The paradigmatic figure of twentieth-century history is the ‘displaced person’, a concept which emerged from the demographic migrations, deportations and genocidal purges that accompanied two world wars, the destruction and construction of nation states and the restructuring of the global order which they occasioned. These processes almost inevitably fostered a poetry of exile and expatriation intimately bound up with the experience of modernity and the culture of modernism, culminating, in the postcolonial era, with the globalisation of displacement as the determining condition of postmodernity. In this timely new volume renowned poetry critic Stan Smith examines a number of poets – Plath, Larkin, Heaney, Walcott, Middleton, Fisher, Duffy – through the lens of displacement.


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Stan Smith is Research Professor in Literary Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Introduction: Poetry, Place and Displacement9
2: On the Edge of things: Philip Larkin28
3: A Double Man in a Double Place: Iain Crichton Smith49
4: Salvaged from the ruins: Ken Smith’s Constellations64
5: Lost Bearings: Christopher Middleton86
6: ‘What Like Is It?’ Carol Ann Duffy’s Différance109
7: Darkening English: Post-imperial Contestations in Seamus heaney and Derek Walcott131
8: Living in history149
9: An Age of Simulation: tall tales and Short Stories163
10: Nowhere Anyone Would Like to Get to181
11: Milking the Cow of the World: Displacement Displaced202