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Philip Larkin : subversive writer

Author: Stephen Cooper
Publisher: Brighton [England] ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Overturning many of the established perspectives on Larkin's poetry and prose, Cooper's book presents new evidence from a range of previously unpublished sources, and is the first full-length critical work to analyse Larkin's early fiction, as well as advancing new readings of The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows."
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Philip Larkin; Philip Larkin; Philip Larkin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Cooper
ISBN: 1845190009 9781845190002
OCLC Number: 55962206
Description: xi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 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.
Responsibility: Stephen Cooper.
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"Overturning many of the established perspectives on Larkin's poetry and prose, Cooper's book presents new evidence from a range of previously unpublished sources, and is the first full-length critical work to analyse Larkin's early fiction, as well as advancing new readings of The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows."

"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 Further unpublished material includes correspondence, workbook drafts, dream records, and a playscript, depicting, alternately, hostility to wartime heroics, revulsion from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."--Jacket.

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"Stephen Cooper's book sets a new standard in Larkin criticism. A comprehensive study of all of Larkin's writings, including juvenilia, fiction, poetry, drama and letters, it is also the most Read more...

 
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