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Elizabeth Bishop : the art of travel

Author: Kim Fortuny
Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, ©2003.
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"In Elizabeth Bishop: The Art of Travel, Kim Fortuny argues that Bishop's travel poetry reveals a political and social consciousness that, until fairly recently, has largely been seen as absent from her poetry and her life. Fortuny argues that questions of travel bring up questions of form in Bishop's poems. Moreover, because Bishop knows much about both travel and form, yet is particularly well versed in the  Read more...
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Fortuny, Kim.
Elizabeth Bishop.
Boulder : University Press of Colorado, c2003
(OCoLC)606996336
Named Person: Elizabeth Bishop; Elizabeth Bishop; Elizabeth (Schriftstellerin) Bishop
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Fortuny
ISBN: 0870817418 9780870817410
OCLC Number: 52121362
Description: xi, 121 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: "The Chameleon's shameless interest in everything but itself" --
Elizabeth Bishop's social aesthetic --
The ethics of travel --
II: Readings --
"Over 2,000 illustrations and a complete concordance": reading desert dust --
"Questions of travel": lessons in history, tolerance, and the art of being in uncertainties --
"Crusoe in England": "The long story that never comes to an end."
Responsibility: Kim Fortuny.
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"In Elizabeth Bishop: The Art of Travel, Kim Fortuny argues that Bishop's travel poetry reveals a political and social consciousness that, until fairly recently, has largely been seen as absent from her poetry and her life. Fortuny argues that questions of travel bring up questions of form in Bishop's poems. Moreover, because Bishop knows much about both travel and form, yet is particularly well versed in the latter, Bishop's poetry sheds light on the ethical and political problems of modern travel from a vantage gained by a scrupulous and hard-won artistry." "Fortuny maintains that there is practical merit in paying close attention to the linguistic complexities of Bishop's poems. The textures of poems concerned with foreign travel - poems such as "Questions of Travel," "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance," "Crusoe in England," and "Santarem"--Reveal a consciousness that is fundamentally social, in spite of the writer's reputation for Modernist and ahistorical reserve. Consequently, the heart of this study is a series of close readings of these poems, in which Fortuny teases out the nuances of Bishop's relationship to the world in which she lived and traveled, examining her "apolitical" poems through a political lens and encountering her poetic style as politically engaged itself."--Jacket.

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