'Choosing Tough Words': The Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 212 pages
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If the post of Poet Laureate was allocated on the basis of popularity, Carol Ann Duffy would have been the first woman to hold this prestigious post. Like Philip Larkin in his day, Duffy is both a poet respected by many academics and teachers, and widely read and enjoyed by children and adult readers of poetry. This is the first full-length collection of essays on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, approaching and exploring her work from a variety of literary theoretical perspectives, including feminism, masculinity, national identity, and post-structuralism. This lively anthology situates Duffy's poems in relation to current debates about the state, value and social relevance of contemporary British poetry.
 

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Contents

Duffy Eliot and impersonality
33
Carol Ann Duffys Ovid
47
Love and masculinity in the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy
56
gender and national
77
patriarchy and philosophy in the poetry
99
gender as linguistic
121
Duffys differance
143
translation reflection and refraction
169
Carol Ann Duffys postmodern poetry
186
Select bibliography
202
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Angelica Michelis is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Antony Rowland is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Salford.

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