James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence

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Springer, Oct 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 203 pages
James Merrill and W.H. Auden offers a substantial analysis of the literary and personal relationship between two major twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden's prominence in the post-World War II American poetry scene as a homosexual poet and critic makes his impact on Merrill particularly noteworthy. Merrill's imaginary recreation of Auden in his occult verse trilogy The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) offers a powerful statement about the dynamics of poetic influence between gay male poets. Combining archival research, textual analysis, and aspects of queer theory, James Merrill and W.H. Auden examines Sandover's implications to the contentious issues of homosexual identity and self-representation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Auden Merrill and the Subject of Homosexuality
29
Authority in The Changing Light at Sandover
57
Auden in Afterlife
84
Metamorphosis Complete
117
Afterword
147
Notes
154
Bibliography
185
Index
197
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Piotr K. Gwiazda is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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