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|Named Person:||Philip Larkin; Philip Larkin|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xi, 208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Jill and the Coleman novellas : "Feminising" the male and empowering femininity --
A girl in winter and the unfinished novels : a critique of national and sexual politics --
Auden, MacNiece and James Sutton : the construction of a subversive aesthetic in the 1940s poems --
Sexuality, utopias and the later poems.
"Critics have tended to label Larkin's poetry as sexist, racist and reactionary. However, this volume demonstrates that Larkin's artistic impulse throughout his career was to challenge orthodox models of social and sexual politics. Focusing on the Brunette Coleman novellas and the unfinished novels, a structural blueprint is identified as prefiguring the later poems' commentary on sexual and social conduct. Further unpublished material includes correspondence, workbook drafts, dream records, and a playscript, depicting, alternately, hostility to wartime heroics, revulsion from capitalism, unease with traditional gender roles and an interest in psychoanalysis."--BOOK JACKET.