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John Holmes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318092

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317743

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Poetry, Science and the Contemporary University

Poetry, Science and the Contemporary University

(p.67) Chapter 4 Poetry, Science and the Contemporary University
Science in Modern Poetry

Robert Crawford

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes how the institutional context of contemporary university influences contemporary poets who teach literature and creative writing. It suggests that because the study of literature and science share many elements, universities and funding bodies tend to regard poetry writing as a form of research or even science, and this could prove damaging to poetry as an art form in the long term. It argues, however, that there is room for new kinds of interaction between poetry and science that are facilitated but not prescribed or constrained by universities or funding councils.

Keywords:   universities, research funding, scientific writing, creative writing, academic research

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