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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara – Difference, Homosexuality, Topography - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: Difference, Homosexuality, Topography

Hazel Smith


Frank O'Hara's poetry evokes a specific era and location: New York in the fifties and early sixties. This is a pre-computer age of typewritten manuscripts, small shops, and lunch hours: it is also an age of gay repression, accelerating consumerism, and race riots. The author suggests that the location and dislocation of the cityscape creates ‘hyperscapes’ in the poetry of O'Hara. The hyperscape is a postmodern site characterised by difference, breaking down unified concepts of text, city, subject, and art, and remolding them into new textual, subjective, and political spaces. This book theoris ... More

Keywords: Frank O'Hara, New York, gay repression, consumerism, race riots, hyperscapes, disruption, re-figuration, radicality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780853239949
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313301


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hazel Smith, author