Loading...

Constructing Identity in the Poetry of Tony Harrison

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Agata Handley (Author)
Monographs 208 Pages

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Dedication
  • Table of Contents
  • INTRODUCTION: “The Whole View North”
  • A “scholarship boy”
  • Identity issues
  • The “mutable self”
  • 1. Identity—state or process
  • 2. Identity—continuity and/or Otherness
  • 3. Identity—a consequence of conformism or revolt
  • CHAPTER ONE “Correct your Maps: Newcastle is Peru”: Continuity of exploration and exploitation in The Loiners
  • “Négritude”
  • The fragmented body
  • Memory
  • Identity and kinship
  • “Westerners”
  • “Nothingness”
  • “Nuptial Torches”
  • Periphery and centre
  • CHAPTER TWO “Wherever did you get your talent from?”:: Continuity of Poetic Heritage in The School of Eloquence
  • The crisis of belonging
  • The suppression of working-class speech
  • The struggle for language
  • The constraint of form
  • “On Not Being Milton”
  • Ambivalent heroes
  • The poles of identity
  • “Barbarians”
  • CHAPTER THREE “The still too living dead”: Continuity of Mourning in Selected Elegies from The School of Eloquence
  • Trauerarbeit
  • The figuration of loss
  • The question of inheritance
  • CHAPTER FOUR “Hawthorns Laden with Red Berries”: Evocative Objects in Harrison’s Elegies152
  • CHAPTER FIVE “Half versus half, the enemies within”: Changing Patterns of Revolt in v.
  • The mining community as collective protagonist
  • “The Legacy of Mining”
  • Graveyard and pit
  • Gray’s “Elegy”
  • Language as a site of struggle
  • The “Pygmalion” syndrome
  • CHAPTER SIX “This frightening mask”: The Continuity of the Poetic Gaze in Selected War Poems
  • “The sun of poetry is set”
  • The “gaze” of the camera
  • The “complete witness”
  • Prosopopeia
  • “Cornet and Cartridge”
  • Memory
  • CONCLUSION: “How have you been useful for the polis?”
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • Index of Names
  • Series index

INTRODUCTION

“The Whole View North”

In the poem “Facing North”, Tony Harrison describes “the act of poetic composition” as a “luminous O of . . . light, itself illuminating” (Byrne 1998: 177) darkness.

Summary

When, in 1948, Tony Harrison entered Leeds Grammar School as a scholarship boy, he found himself, as Richard Hoggart saw, “at the friction point of two cultures”. His schooling introduced him to the “classics”; but it also deprived him of a clear identification with the place where he grew up. His work reflects and explores this tension; and it may be seen, in some ways, as a form of “identity construction.”
The book examines key texts such as v. and the School of Eloquence sequence, where this “construction” takes different forms—oscillating between identity as a state, or a process; as continuity, or change; or as the outcome of conformity, or revolt.
This second edition has been extensively revised and includes a new chapter on Harrison’s Elegies.

Details

Pages
208
ISBN (PDF)
9783631855287
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631855294
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631855300
ISBN (Book)
9783631837450
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (July)
Tags
BRITISH POETRY CONTEMPORARY POETRY ELEGY ENGLISH NORTH WORKING-CLASS CULTURE MEMORY
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 208 pp.

Biographical notes

Agata Handley (Author)

Agata Handley works as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Lodz, Poland. Her main areas of academic interest are contemporary British poetry, with a special focus on the representation of memory; and on intermedial issues. Her current research looks at the use of ekphrasis in contemporary Anglophone literature.

Previous

Title: Constructing Identity in the Poetry of Tony Harrison