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The Poetic Fantastic: Studies in an Evolving Genre [Hardcover]

Patrick D. Murphy , Vernon Hyles

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Nov. 20 1989 0313261601 978-0313261602
A contribution to the critical literature, this volume represents an extensive study of the fantastic in poetry. Designed to serve both as an introduction to and historical overview of fantastic poetry in the Anglo-American tradition, the authors analyze specific periods and poems in order to illuminate more clearly the relationships among fantasy, the fantastic, science fiction and poetry. The scope of this study is broad and encompasses material from Spenser through the work of a wide range of contemporary American and British poets. Although the contributors focus primarily on English-language authors, their essays provide theoretical and practical criticism relevant to the study of the fantastic in poetry in any language. Among the approaches developed are a feminist-fantastic revisionary reading of Keat's "Lamia" and a conceptualization of the role of fantasy in the writing of holocaust poetry. In addition, the contributors analyze such works as C.S.Lewis' "Dymer", Ed Dorn's "Slinger", Victorian women's fantasies, the poetry of Margaret Atwood, Anne Sexton, Ursula K. Le Guin and many others. Taken together, these essays hope to spark critical debate on the intersection of fantasy and poetry.

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?The eleven essayists give, on the American side, most attention to Poe (Benjamin Fisher), Sexton, LeGuin, Edward Dorn, Kenneth Koch, and Mark Strand. The editors insist on science-fiction poetry as a fresh but glittering subgenre.?-American Literature

About the Author

PATRICK D. MURPHY is Professor of English and member of the graduate faculty in English and graduate faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

VERNON HYLES is Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University.


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