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Tony Harrison and The Holocaust
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Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Antony Rowland

Abstract

This book argues that Tony Harrison's poetry is barbaric. It revisits Theodor Adorno's apparent dismissal of post-Holocaust poetry as ‘impossible’ or ‘barbaric’. His statement is reinterpreted as opening up the possibility that the awkward and embarrassing poetics of writers such as Harrison might be re-evaluated as committed responses to the worst horrors of twentieth-century history. Most of the existing critical work on Harrison focuses on his representation of class, which occludes his interest in other aspects of historiography. The poet's predilection for establishing links between the a ... More

Keywords: Tony Harrison, Theodor Adorno, barbarism, Holocaust Studies, Mazism, Hiroshima, linguistic silence, global annihilation, newsreels, elegy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780853235064
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314254

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Rowland, author