Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism

Dialogue and Estrangement

  • Ian Gregson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-11
  3. Dialogue

  4. Estrangement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Ian Gregson
      Pages 127-132
    3. Ian Gregson
      Pages 133-150
    4. Ian Gregson
      Pages 209-237
    5. Ian Gregson
      Pages 238-255
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 256-269

About this book


Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism explores the fraught relationship between the poetry of the mainstream and kinds of modernist poetry that have had to make their way outside it. Mainstream poets like Paul Muldoon, James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy multiply voices and so draw on resources from the novel - Bakhtin's concept of the dialogic is therefore used to explain their techniques. By contrast, Shklovsky's concept of 'estrangement' is shown to be more useful in accounting for the radical experimentation of poets like Edwin Morgan, Christopher Middleton and Denise Riley. However, the book concludes by suggesting that - partly because of the influence of surrealism in women poets like Selima Hill and Jo Shapcott - the mainstream has recently been infiltrated by modernist and postmodernist estrangement effects.


Narrative novel poem poetry postmodernism

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Gregson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WalesBangorUK

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