Some Versions of Empson

Hardcover | November 1, 2007

EditorMatthew Bevis

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William Empson was one the most important poet-critics of the twentieth century, and continues to influence and inspire writers from many divergent critical traditions. Following on recent scholarly developments, this timely collection of essays provides a fully-rounded examination of Empson'slife, work, inheritance, and influence. This is the first volume of critical essays on Empson to be published in over a decade, and the first to consider the full range of his work, studying his poetry alongside his criticism in order to reassess the scale of his achievement. It also includes the first publication of a substantialinterview with Empson in 1970, in which he looks back over his career and discusses the composition and reception of his work. The collection examines Empson's oeuvre from a variety of angles - aesthetic, philosophical, psychological, linguistic, scientific, socio-political, religious, and sexual -and features essays from an outstanding line-up of emerging and established scholars. Some Versions of Empson demonstrates the poet-critic's continuing importance for literary and cultural criticism, and sets the agenda for studies of his work in the twenty-first century.

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William Empson was one the most important poet-critics of the twentieth century, and continues to influence and inspire writers from many divergent critical traditions. Following on recent scholarly developments, this timely collection of essays provides a fully-rounded examination of Empson'slife, work, inheritance, and influence. T...

Matthew Bevis is a Lecturer in English Literature, University of York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Matthew Bevis: Introduction: Empson in the RoundDeborah Bowman: Argufying and the Generation GapAdam Piette: Empson, Piaget, and Child Logic in WartimePeter Robinson: C. Hatakeyama and W. E.Jason Harding: Empson and the Gifts of ChinaSeamus Perry: Coleridge, Christ, and Contradiction in EmpsonEric Griffiths: Empson's GodHugh Haughton: Alice and Ulysses's Bough: Nonsense in EmpsonMatthew Creasy: Empson's TactPaul Fry: Hermeneutic Circling: Empson, Rosemund Tuve, and the "Wimsatt Law"Christopher Norris: The Machinery of a Rich and Full Response: Empson as Philosopher-CriticKaty Price: Monogamy and the Next Step? Empson and the Future of Love in Einstein's UniverseSusan Wolfson: Empson's PregnancyChristopher Norris and David B. Wilson: An Interview with Willam Empson, with annotations by John Haffenden