Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space, and the Past

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

byCharles Ivan Armstrong

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Through incisive readings of ten poets from William Wordsworth to Alice Oswald, this book shows how poets have engaged with the possibilities and pitfalls of memory. Linking poets’ uses of personal, aesthetic, and collective memory, as well as history, the book provides a new critical template for understanding how literature engages with the past.

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Through incisive readings of ten poets from William Wordsworth to Alice Oswald, this book shows how poets have engaged with the possibilities and pitfalls of memory. Linking poets’ uses of personal, aesthetic, and collective memory, as well as history, the book provides a new critical template for understanding how literature engages w...

CHARLES ARMSTRONG is Professor in British Literature at the University of Bergen, Norway. His publications include Romantic Organicism and Postcolonial Dislocations (co-edited with Oyuun Hestetun), as well as articles in The Coleridge Bulletin, Literature and Theology and the Nordic Journal of English Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.56 × 5.66 × 0.8 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230223532

ISBN - 13:9780230223530

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Returns of the Past
Multiplicity and Mourning: Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, Tennyson
Weird Wests: Victorian and Post-Victorian Displacements of Nostalgia
Modernism, Tradition, and Organicism in T. S. Eliot and Heaney
Other Times: Contemporary Poetry’s Breaks with the Past
Conclusion: Imperfect Hindsight
Notes
Bibliography
Index