The Poetry of Dylan Thomas

Under the Spelling Wall

John Goodby

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ISBN: 9781846319945

Publication: July 31, 2013

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 60

Published in anticipation of the centenary of the poet’s birth, The Poetry of Dylan Thomas is the first study of the poet to show how his work may be read in terms of contemporary critical concerns, using theories of modernism, the body, gender, the carnivalesque, language, hybridity and the pastoral in order to view it in an original light. Moreover, in presenting a Dylan Thomas who has real significance for twenty-first century readers, it shows that such a reappraisal also requires us to re-think some of the ways in which all post-Waste Land British poetry has been read in the last few decades.

John Goodby is Professor of English at Swansea University. He is editing a special centenary edition of the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas (Dent / New Directions, 2014)

Acknowledgements Preface Abbreviations Introduction: The critical fates of Dylan Thomas 1. ‘Eggs laid by tigers’: process and the politics of mannerist modernism 2. ‘Under the spelling wall’: language and style 3. ‘Libidinous betrayal’: body-mind, sex and gender 4. ‘My jack of Christ’: hybridity, the gothic-grotesque and surregionalism 5. ‘Near and fire neighbours’: war, apocalypse and elegy 6. ‘That country kind’: Cold War pastoral, carnival and the late style Conclusion: ‘The liquid choirs of his tribes’: Dylan Thomas as icon, influence and intertext Bibliography Index

This is a fascinating example of how profoundly enlivening and intellectually challenging the single-author study can be. That this is only the beginning – one hopes – of a serious reconsideration of Thomas’ poetry suddenly makes the present a great place to be.


Amy McCauley   New Welsh Review

Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9781846319945

Publication: July 31, 2013

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 60

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