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Geoffrey Hill and his Contexts


Edited By Piers Pennington and Matthew Sperling

Geoffrey Hill is one of the most significant poets currently at work in the English language. The essays gathered in this book present a number of new contexts in which to explore a wide range of his writings, from the poems he wrote as an undergraduate to the recent volumes A Treatise of Civil Power (2007) and Collected Critical Writings (2008). Connections are made between the early and the later poetry, and between the poetry and the criticism, and archival materials are considered along with the published texts. The essays also make comparisons across disciplines, discussing Hill’s work in relation to theology, philosophy and intellectual history, to literature from other languages, and to the other arts. In doing so, they cast fresh light upon Hill’s dense, original and sometimes challenging writings, opening them up in new ways for all readers of his work.


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Notes on contributors Sheridan Burnside recently completed a PhD on the remembrance of the Holocaust in European Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. Hugh Haughton is Professor of English at the University of York. He is the author of The Poetry of Derek Mahon (2007), along with numerous essays on twentieth-century poetry, and has edited many books, including The Chatto Book of Nonsense Poetry (1988), Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (1998), Freud’s The Uncanny (2003), Second World War Poems (2004), and (as co-editor, with Valerie Eliot) The Letters of T. S. Eliot, volumes one and two (2009). Kenneth Haynes is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics at Brown University. His recent publications include a transla- tion of Johann Georg Hamann’s Writings on Philosophy and Language (2007), The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, volume four: 1790–1900 (co-edited with Peter France, 2006), the monograph English Literature and Ancient Languages (2003), and a translation of Heidegger’s Of f the Beaten Track (Holzwege) (with Julian Young, 2002). His current work includes volume five (1880 to 2000) of The Oxford History of the Classical Reception within English Literature, of which he is editor. In 2008 he edited the Collected Critical Writings of Geof frey Hill. Geof frey Hill is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, from For the Unfallen (1959) to Clavics (2011), and of many critical essays; his Collected Critical Writings, edited by Kenneth Haynes (2008), was awarded the Truman Capote Award...

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