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dc.contributor.advisorCorcoran, Neil
dc.contributor.advisorLodge, Sara
dc.contributor.advisorAlexander, Michael
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Malcolm
dc.coverage.spatialv, 363 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn order to counter what I regard as premature and reductive formulations of a 'native' British postmodernism, I identify a specific tendency in contemporary writing which I name the domestic surreal, and which I trace through the poetry of John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Roy Fisher, Christopher Middleton, John Ash, Peter Didsbury and Ian McMillan. Through close reading and a comparative approach, I uncover key preoccupations with idiosyncratic perception, shared experience, urban space and poetic play. I also describe a network of allegiances and influence among these writers which reveals the domestic surreal to be one of the contemporary manifestations of an imaginative tradition which stretches back through the Surrealist and Cubist movements to Baudelaire and Rimbaud. For the poets of the domestic surreal, engagement with an aesthetic tradition is inextricably linked with their response to contemporary conditions. Drawing on dialectical and poststructuralist perspectives, I propose that the domestic surreal attempts to resist the constraints of social and aesthetic consensus in Britain and America in the period following the Second World War.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subject.lcshEnglish poetry--20th century--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshAmerican poetry--20th century--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshAshbery, John, 1927---Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshO'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966--Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshFisher, Roy, 1930---Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshMiddleton, Christopher--Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshAsh, John,|d1948---Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshDidsbury, Peter, 1946---Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshMcMillan, Ian, 1956---Criticism and interpretationen
dc.titleExperiment and representation : the domestic surreal in contemporary British and American poetryen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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