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Poetry for Historians: Or, W. H. Auden and History (Hardback)
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Poetry for Historians: Or, W. H. Auden and History (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 30/05/2018
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This is a book about the conflict between history and poetry - and historians and poets - in Atlantic World society from the end of the seventeenth century to the present day. Blending historiography and theory, it proceeds by asking: what is the point of poetry as far as historians are concerned? The focus is on W. H. Auden's Cold War-era history poems, but the book also looks at other poets from the seventeenth century onwards, providing original accounts of their poetic and historical educations. An important resource for those teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in historiography and history and theory, Poetry for historians will also be of relevance to courses on literature in society and the history of education. General readers will relate it to Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman (1987) and Dust (2001), on account of its biographical and autobiographical insights into the way history operates in modern society.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526125217
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'[This book] will be a must-read as much for literary critics of W. H. Auden as historians of the twentieth century, for eighteenth centuryists of any discipline, and for anyone who wants to think about what constitutes history writing, or, indeed, to think about the journey of the Left over the past few decades and where it might end up.' Jon Mee, Professor of Eighteenth-century Studies, University of York 'Witty, acute, eloquent, ruthlessly confessional and riveting, Poetry for historians refuses to leave poetry to poets. It also proves Steedman to be the poet of history par excellence.' Roger Cooter, Emeritus Professor of History, UCL 'It's very hard to think of other historians who move so creatively in quite the same way across various kinds of borders, where the latter are not so much the boundaries between academic disciplines as the differences between familiar and more imaginative forms of knowledge and thought. With an exceptional eye for the unexpected insights and meanings, Carolyn Steedman roams brilliantly among a wide variety of genres and practices of writing and public performance, while pushing carefully on how we can understand them.' Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan -- .

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