Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock

Description

This study discusses Adcock as a writer who draws on her experiences of dislocation in order to position herself between cultures. Contrasting her work with that of the post-war British poetic mainstream with which she has been associated, it emphasises that the radically displaced feminised consciousness which negotiates the boundaries between self and other can be identified in Adcock's poetry as metonymic of resolving national and cultural differences. Wilson argues that displaced voices such as hers from white settler colonies like New Zealand now belong to multicultural Britain. Her close readings of Adcock's verse in terms of its ironic double vision focus on the blend of classical restraint, wit, and humour, in relation to her complex revaluation of the diasporic imaginary of the exile. Claiming that Adcock's personal mythology, based on her divided nationality and gendered consciousness, recalls writers like Jane Austen and her fellow expatriate, Katherine Mansfield, Wilson argues that the best of her work transcends the immediate problems of her age.


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Details

Author(s)
Janet Wilson
Format
Paperback | 156 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216 x 10mm | 207g
Publication date
13 Dec 2007
Publisher
Northcote House Publishers Ltd
Publication City/Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
0746310404
ISBN13
9780746310403
Bestsellers rank
2,390,843