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The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes

The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes

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Terry Gifford, Joanny Moulin, Paul Bentley, Chen Hong, Jo Gill, Rand Brandes, Tracy Brain, Vanda Zajko, Neil Corcoran, Jonathan Bate, Neil Roberts, Alex Davis
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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197526

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  • Ted Hughes is unquestionably one of the major twentieth-century English poets. Radical and challenging, each new title produced something of a shock to British literary culture. Only now is the breadth of his literary range and cultural influence being recognised. As well as his poetry and stories, writing for children, translations and prose essays and reviews, in recent years Hughes's own letters have received great critical attention. This Companion consolidates Hughes's life, writings and reputation. International experts from a variety of literary fields here confront the key questions posed by Hughes's work. New archival evidence is provided for fresh readings of his oeuvre with close attention to language, forms and the function of myth. Featuring a chronology and guide to further reading, this book is a valuable and insightful companion for those studying and reading Hughes in the context of his role in the development of modern poetry.

    • New and often surprising insights are offered on familiar but contested works by Hughes
    • Includes a chronology, guide to further reading and appraisal of Hughes's critical reception
    • Includes chapters on Plath and Hughes's life
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    ' … offers intelligent and vital criticism on a writer whose reputation has flourished since his death over a decade ago. it [is] likely to be an essential aid for students and scholars of Hughes's writings, and one which will become the new touchstone in Hughes as the interest in his writings proliferates and becomes increasingly diverse.' The Ted Hughes Society Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197526
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Terry Gifford
    1. The problem of biography Joanny Moulin
    2. The debates about Hughes Paul Bentley
    3. Hughes and animals Chen Hong
    4. Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath Jo Gill
    5. The anthropologist's uses of myth Rand Brandes
    6. Hughes's social ecology Terry Gifford
    7. Hughes and feminism Tracy Brain
    8. Hughes and the Classics Vanda Zajko
    9. Hughes as prose writer Neil Corcoran
    10. Hughes on Shakespeare Jonathan Bate
    11. Class, war and the Laureateship Neil Roberts
    12. Hughes and his critics Alex Davis
    Guide to further reading

  • Editor

    Terry Gifford, Bath Spa University
    Terry Gifford is an ecocritic and poet, the author of Ted Hughes (Routledge, 2009), Reconnecting With John Muir: Essays in Post-Pastoral Practice (University of Georgia Press, 2006), Pastoral (Routledge, 1999) and Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry (Manchester University Press, 1995; second edition CCC Press, 2011), together with six chapters in books on Ted Hughes. His seventh collection of poems is (with Christopher North) Al Otro Lado del Aguilar (Oversteps Books, 2011). Author of The Joy of Climbing (Whittles, 2004), he is also a trustee of the UK's Mountain Heritage Trust.


    Terry Gifford, Joanny Moulin, Paul Bentley, Chen Hong, Jo Gill, Rand Brandes, Tracy Brain, Vanda Zajko, Neil Corcoran, Jonathan Bate, Neil Roberts, Alex Davis

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