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Poet, Novelist, and Critic


 


 

IAN GREGSON


 


 


Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism: Dialogue and Estrangement


  


 


Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism: Dialogue and Estrangement (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996) 


 

 


 


 

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· In my critical work I continually explore the creative potential of critical theory. So Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism: Dialogue and Estrangement drew upon the criticism of Mikhail Bakhtin in order to analyse the ‘dialogic’ aspects of contemporary poetry.


 


 


Price: £29.95


 


 


This volume explores the relationship between the poetry of the mainstream and kinds of modernist poetry that have had to make their way outside it. Mainstream poets like Paul Muldoon, James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy multiply voices and so draw on resources from the novel - Bakhtin's concept of the dialogic is therefore used to explain their techniques. By contrast, Shklovsky's concept of "estrangement" is shown to be more useful in accounting for the radical experimentation of poets like Edwin Morgan, Christopher Middleton and Denise Riley. However, the book concludes by suggesting that - partly because of the influence of surrealism in women poets like Selima Hill and Jo Shapcott - the mainstream has recently been infiltrated by modernist and postmodernist estrangement effects.


  


 


ISBN: 0333655664


 


 

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