Letters of Blood and Other Works in English

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Open Book Publishers, 2011 - Poetry - 253 pages
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This collection brings together for the first time select works in English by the major Swedish modernist poet and critic Goran Printz-Pahlson. It was Printz-Pahlson who introduced poetic modernism to Scandinavia, and his essays and poems delve deeply into English, American, and continental modernist traditions. As well as "Letters of Blood," the collection includes the full text of "The Words of the Tribe," a major statement on modern poetics, in which Printz-Pahlson explores the significance of primitivism in Romanticism and Modernism, and the nature of metaphor and literary materialism. The collection also includes essays on style, irony, realism, and the relationship between historical drama and historical fiction, as well as studies of American poetry. Printz-Pahlson's poetry in English continues to explore these themes by different, often surprisingly innovative, means. Minor edits to this book have been made in May 2016.

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Robert Archambeau is a poet and critic whose books include the study Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press) and the poetry collection Home and Variations (Salt Publishing). He has edited several books, including Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias (Ohio University Press) and The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (&NOW Books). His writing has appearing in Poetry, Boston Review, PN Review, Pleiades, Chicago Review, and many other journals, and he has received grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Swedish Academy, and other organizations. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden, and is Professor of English at Lake Forest College, Illinois.

Elinor Shaffer, FBA, is Senior Fellow of the merged Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London. She is also Research Director and Series Editor of The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (Continuum 2002-). Her publications include The Fall of Jerusalem: The Mythological School of Biblical Criticism and Secular Literature 1770–1880 (1975), Erewhons of the Eye: Samuel Butler as Painter, Photographer and Art Critic (1987). Elinor Shaffer has taught at Berkeley, Cambridge, University of East Anglia, and held Visiting posts at Berlin, Brown, Zurich, and Stanford.

Lars-Håkan Svensson is Professor Emeritus of Language and Culture at Linköping University, Sweden. His main publications are on Renaissance poetry (Samuel Daniel, Edmund Spenser) and contemporary American and Irish poetry. His three interviews with Göran Printz-Påhlson are included in the latter’s När jag var prins utav Arkadien (1995). He is a critic as well as a translator (among others Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Sir Philip Sidney, John Matthias, Paul Muldoon, and Les Murray). He lives in Lund.

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