Remapping Space and Place in Edwin Morgan and Ernst Jandl

  • Nicola Thomas
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)


Ernst Jandl and Edwin Morgan’s representations of space and place, which often depend on experimental lyric subjectivity, are examined here. Thomas makes clear that poetic subject(s) which speak from multiple perspectives (or none) serve as a means of reconfiguring poetry’s relationship to space at a time when social, literary and political boundaries were being redefined. Morgan and Jandl’s work adopts a range of forms, in which the lyric self plays a variety of roles, from highly abstract concrete poetry to more linear but still ludic and linguistically experimental texts. Some manifestations of aperspectivity, polyperspectivity and polyvocality are discussed and exemplified with reference to a range of texts which construct or map space in innovative ways.


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  • Nicola Thomas
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  1. 1.St Hilda’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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