W. H. Auden in Context

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Tony Sharpe
Cambridge University Press, Jan 21, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 400 pages
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W. H. Auden is a giant of twentieth-century English poetry whose writings demonstrate a sustained engagement with the times in which he lived. But how did the century's shifting cultural terrain affect him and his work? Written by distinguished poets and scholars, these brief but authoritative essays offer a varied set of coordinates by which to chart Auden's continuously evolving career, examining key aspects of his environmental, cultural, political, and creative contexts. Reaching beyond mere biography, these essays present Auden as the product of ongoing negotiations between himself, his time, and posterity, exploring the enduring power of his poetry to unsettle and provoke. The collection will prove valuable for scholars, researchers, and students of English literature, cultural studies, and creative writing.
 

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Contents

Audens Northerliness
13
Ideas about England
35
At Home in Italy and Austria 19481973
56
Auden and the Class System
69
British IIomosexuality 19201939
89
American Homosexuality 19391972
99
Io Auden among Women
107
Auden and the American Literary World
118
I7 Auden in History
181
PART 1v 1 CREATIVE CONTEXTS
195
The Cinema
205
The Documentary Moment
228
Travel Writing
237
Auden and Postwar Opera
246
Auden and Shakespeare
266
Eliot
286

Atlantic Auden
128
Communism and Fascism in 19205 and 19305 Britain
141
I4 Auden and Wars
150
The Psychoanalytic Text
160
I6 Audens Theology
170
Auden in German
306
Auden in Prose
329
Auden in Collaboration
347
35 Audens Forms
369
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Tony Sharpe is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is the author of critically acclaimed books on W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov and Wallace Stevens. His essays on modernist writing and poetry have appeared in journals such as Critical Survey and Literature and Theology, as well as in various edited collections.

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