By Ann Keniston

ISBN-10: 1609383532

ISBN-13: 9781609383534

From Sylvia Plath’s depictions of the Holocaust as a gaggle of noncohering “bits” to AIDS elegies’ assertions that the lifeless posthumously persist in ghostly shape and Susan Howe’s insistence that the prior might be conveyed purely via juxtaposed “scraps,” the situation of being too overdue is one who haunts post-World struggle II American poetry. it is a poetry saturated with temporal hold up, partial recollection of the previous, and the revelation that reminiscence itself is available basically in obstructed and manipulated methods. those postwar poems don't only describe the of lateness: they enact it actually and figuratively through distorting chronology, boundary, and syntax, via bearing on occasions not directly, and through binding the situation of lateness to the impossibility of verifying the previous. The audio system of those poems usually point out that they're too past due via repetitively chronicling distorted occasions, refusing closure or solution, and forging ghosts out of what as soon as used to be tangible.

Ghostly Figures contends that this poetics of belatedness, besides how it is certain to questions of poetic making, is a critical, if significantly ignored, strength in postwar American poetry. Discussing works by way of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne wealthy, Jorie Graham, Susan Howe, and a bunch of poets responding to the AIDS epidemic, Ann Keniston attracts on and seriously assesses trauma conception and psychoanalysis, in addition to past discussions of witness, elegy, lyric trope and determine, postmodernism, allusion, and function, to outline the ghosts that basically dramatize poetics of belatedness during the various poetry of post–World struggle II America.

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