Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery (häftad)
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Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Anderson, Linda
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Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery

Häftad,  Engelska, 2002-04-01
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Elizabeth Bishop is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. When she died in 1979, she had only published four collections, yet had won virtually every major American literary award, including the Pulitzer Prize. She maintained close friendships with poets such as Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, and her work has always been highly regarded by other writers. In surveys of British poets carried out in 1984 and 1994 she emerged as a surprising major choice or influence for many, from Andrew Motion and Craig Raine to Kathleen Jamie and Lavinia Greenlaw. A virtual orphan from an early age, Elizabeth Bishop was brought up by relatives in New England and Nova Scotia. The tragic circumstances of her life - from alcoholism to repeated experiences of loss in her relationships with women - nourished an outsider's poetry notable both for its reticence and tentativeness. She once described a feeling that 'everything is interstitial' and reminds us in her poetry - in a way that is both radical and subdued - that understanding is at best provisional and that most vision is peripheral. Since her death, a definitive edition of Elizabeth Bishop's "Complete Poems" (1983) has been published, along with "The Collected Prose" (1984), her letters in "One Art" (1994), her paintings in "Exchanging Hats" (1996) and Brett C. Millier's important biography (1993). In America, there have been numerous critical studies and books of academic essays, but in Britain only studies by Victoria Harrison (1995) and Anne Stevenson (1998) have done anything to raise Bishop's critical profile. "Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery" was the first collection of essays on Bishop to be published in Britain, and draws on work presented at the first UK Elizabeth Bishop conference, held at Newcastle University. It brings together papers by both academic critics and leading poets, including Michael Donaghy, Vicki Feaver, Jamie McKendrick, Deryn Rees-Jones and Anne Stevenson. Academic contributors include Professor Barbara Page of Vassar College, home of the Elizabeth Bishop Papers.
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Linda Anderson is Professor of Modern English and American Studies at Newcastle University, and founder of Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and Newcastle Poetry Festival. Her publications include Plotting Change: Contemporary Women's Fiction (Edward Arnold, 1990), Remembered Futures: Women and Autobiography in the Twentieth Century (Prentice Hall, 1997), The New Critical Idiom: Autobiography (Routledge, 2001), Autobiography (Routledge, 2010), and Elizabeth Bishop: Lines of Connection (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and she is co-editor with Mark Byers and Ahren Warner of The Contemporary Poetry Archive (Edinburgh University Press, 2019); with Jo Shapcott of Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery (Bloodaxe Books/Newcastle University, 2002); and with David Alderson of Territories of Desire: Contemporary Queer Culture (Manchester University Press, 2000). Her pamphlet, Greenhouse, was published by Mariscat Press in 2013, and her first book-length collection, The Station Before, was published by Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry) in 2020. Jo Shapcott is one of Britain's leading poets. She has twice won the National Poetry Competition, and won the Forward Prize in 1999. She was Northern Arts Literary Fellow at the universities of Newcastle and Durham in 1998-2000, and is Visiting Professor of Poetry at Newcastle University and at the University of the Arts, London; she also teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College. Her poetry books include Electroplating the Baby (Bloodaxe Books, 1988), Phrase Book (OUP, 1992), My Life Asleep (OUP, 1998), Her Book (Faber, 1999), Tender Taxes, including her versions from Rilke's French poems (Faber, 2001), and Of Mutability (2010), winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award. She co-edited the anthology Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times (Faber, 1996) with Matthew Sweeney, and Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery (Bloodaxe / Newcastle University, 2002) with Linda Anderson. She gave the first of the Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures, The Transformers, in 2001. She received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2011.