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Seeing and Saying

Self-Referentiality in British and American Literature

Detlev Gohrbandt and Bruno von Lutz

The perception of the world and the (illusionary) attempts at re-presenting it have been a long-standing concern of self-referential writing. Seeing and Saying, the follow-up volume to Self-Referentiality in 20th Century British and American Poetry, presents a range of essays dealing with the awareness in literature of the perceptional and representational hazard of saying the world of experience, sight and memory. The writers discussed range from the Renaissance to Post-Modernism, from Lady Mary Wroth to John Fowles.
Contents: In memoriam Karl Klein - Saskia Schabio: Seeing and Saying: Historicising Self-Referentiality - Mary Winkler: «But it is a true thing»: Vision and Creation in the Work of Charlotte Brontë - Alan Grob: Saying and Seeing: Arnold's «Forsaken Merman» - Angelica Michelis: The Pleasure of Saying It: Images of Sexuality and Desire in Contemporary Women's Poetry - Saskia Schabio: Screens over Nothingness: Self-Reflection in Lady Mary Wroth's «Pamphilia to Amphilanthus» - Hugh Haughton: The Purloined Title: Contemporary Irish Poems on Paintings - Andreas Jäger: «The broken lines»: Creative Contradictions in Tony Harrison's Poetry - Horst Meyer: The Forms of Things Unseen: Photography as 'Poetic Reference' in the Poetry of Michael Harper - Detlev Gohrbandt: «Fresh ground though trodden» - Revisiting, Revisioning, Understanding in Robert Lowell's For the Union Dead - M. Gilbert Porter: The Vision in the Voice: American Writers and the Issue of Literary Evaluation - F.H. (Tim) Mares: The Demidenko Affair: Who Writes, and Who Reads? - Karl Kunibert Schäfer: «The Enigma» - John Fowles's Metafiction - Bruno von Lutz: «My true métier». The Informer Turned Writer: Some Observations on a Novel of Seeing and Saying - J.S. Cunningham: Reading Some Lofty Laughters.