Fishing by Obstinate Isles explores the relations of recent British and American poetries, challenging American views of a British poetry dominated by antimodernism while discussing the role of rhetorics of national identity on both sides of the Atlantic in the persistence of these views. Devoting its most extensive commentary to a collection of British modernist and postmodernist poets, it attacks the relegation of British poetry to the zones of the quaint, making a compelling case for renewed engagements with fields of British poetry deserving of attention.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Reading Modern and Postmodern British Poetry
Part One: Histories 1. Anglo-American Relations in Poetry, 1960-1995 2. England in America, America in England: Rereading New Poets 3. Uncovering, Recovering British Modernisms in Poetry
Part Two: Readings 4. Mina Loy's "Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose" 5. Briggflatts, Melancholy, Northumbria 6. Alternative British Poetries 7. Edward Kamau Brathwaite's X/Self and Black British Poetry
Notes Works Cited Index
KEITH TUMA is an associate professor in the Department of English at Miami University in Ohio. He is the author of Mina Loy: Woman and Poet.
"One hopes that this book heralds and signals both more and less polemicism: fewer attacks on spurious straw figures and the passing of judgment based on prejudice, but more explanation, analysis, and reading of the poets and poetry on their own terms." —Contemporary Literature
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