Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan : Inventions of Modernity

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Edwin Morgan is Scotland's major living poet, and Inventions of modernity was the first book-length study of his work. Since the 1940s Morgan's poetry has been carving out an alternative to the conventional evolutions from Modernism to Postmodernism, creating instead a substantial body of writing that ranges from the sublime to the hilarious. Instinctively at odds with the literary politics of the Pound-Eliot axis that remained influential deep into the twentieth century, Morgan develops instead a radical and libertarian poetics in an encyclopaedia of forms; from Anglo-Saxon metre through sonnet-sequences to concrete poems, and including gay poetry, science fiction verse and prize-winning translations into both English and Scots from numerous languages. This authoritative volume is of interest to students, teachers and academic researchers involved with strategies of reading, with cultural studies, with the politics of literary history and with gay and transgressive writing.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 13mm | 293g
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0719063612
  • 9780719063619

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"Though not a conventional life and works, this valuable full-length study looks at the poet's evolution."--J. Walker, Choiceshow more

About Colin Nicholson

Colin Nicholson is Professor of Eighteenth Century and Modern Literature at the University of Edinburghshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Apocalypse and after 2. A self-fashioning Scot 3. Fram Glasgow to Mayakovsky 4. A cognitive mapping 5. Out, in space 6. Reconfiguring subjectivity 7. Not fade away Edwin Morgan: 'Pieces of Me' Bibliographyshow more

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