Fishing by Obstinate Isles

Fishing by Obstinate Isles : Modern and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readers

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This is an investigation of modern British poetry and the ""death"" of that poetry in American critical circles. This text explores the complex relations of recent British and American poetries, challenging reductive American views of a British poetry dominated by anti-modernism while discussing the role of rhetoric's of national identity on both sides of the Atlantic in the persistence of these views. Devoting its most extensive commentary to an eclectic collection of British modernist and postmodernist poets including Joseph Gordon Macleod, Basil Bunting, Mina Loy, Roy Fisher, and Peter Riley, the book attacks the relegation of British poetry to the zones of the quaint and antiquarian, making a compelling case for renewed engagements with fields of British poetry deserving attention they have not received.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.18 x 229.36 x 21.59mm | 435.45g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • Bantam Mass Mar
  • facsimiles
  • 0810116235
  • 9780810116238
  • 2,851,805

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"One hopes that this book heralds and signals both more and less polemicism: fewer attacks on spurious straw figures and the passing of judgment based on prejudice, but more explanation, analysis, and reading of the poets and poetry on their own terms." --Contemporary Literature
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About Keith Tuma

Keith Tuma is an associate professor in the Department of English at Miami University in Ohio. He is the author of Mina Loy: Woman and Poet.
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