Voyages over Voices

Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson

Edited by Angela Leighton

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ISBN: 9781846314841

Publication: September 15, 2010

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 59

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Voyages over Voices is the first book length critical exploration of the internationally acclaimed American-British poet Anne Stevenson. A past winner of the The Poetry Foundation's Neglected Masters Award, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry and the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award, Stevenson has long been admired by poets and critics alike as one of the most important contemporary poets on either side of the Atlantic. Angela Leighton brings together a distinguished list of contributors, including Jay Parini, Carol Rumens, Tim Kendall and John Lucas, in a collection that provides a significant and invaluable contribution to understanding Stevenson's work as poet and critic. Voyages over Voices will be required reading for scholars contemporary British and American poetry.

Angela Leighton is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College. Her most recent books are On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word, OUP, 2007 and Sea Level, (poems), Shoestring Press, 2007.

Notes On Contributors Acknowledgements ‘Making Poetry’ Anne Stevenson 1. ‘Voyages Over Voices’: Introduction - Angela Leighton 2. The Melting Metaphor - Anne Stevenson 3. ‘Between Us’: Letters and Poems of Stevenson and Bishop - Jonathan Ellis 4. Mothers, Mirrors, Doubles: Anne Stevenson’s Elegies For Sylvia Plath - Adam Piette 5. Staging Second Thoughts: The Poetry of Anne Stevenson - John Redmond 6. ‘Making Poetry’: The Exemplary Anne Stevenson - John Lucas 7. ‘A Curved Adventure’: Romanticism and The Poetry of Anne Stevenson - Michael O’neill 8. The Nature of Anne Stevenson - Jay Parini 9. Anne Stevenson and The Poetry of Place - Sean Pryor 10. Compacting Time: Anne Stevenson’s Poems of Memory - Emily R. Grosholz 11. ‘Not Exactly a Persona’: Pronouns in Anne Stevenson’s Poetry - Sara Johnson 12. ‘To Serve A Girl on Terrible Terms’: Anne Stevenson’s Writing Selves - Emma Jones 13. Talking And Singing: Anne Stevenson’s Variations on a Rhythmical Theme - Carol Rumens 14. ‘Time Will Erase’: Anne Stevenson and Elegy - Tim Kendall 15. Observing The Overhearing: The Anne Stevenson Papers in Cambridge University Library - John Wells 16. Bibliography of Anne Stevenson’s Published Works - John Wells General Index Index of Stevenson’s Works

Anne Stevenson is as big and as great a poet as Plath or Bishop, as her inclusion in the Library of America underlines, and, significantly, she is more difficult to assess. Leighton's richly rewarding collection makes a significant and invaluable contribution to our knowledge of her work.
Andrew McNeillie   University of Exeter

Stevenson has produced a large body of work which is at once representative of common contemporary concerns and highly individual. She is a voice for our age and compellingly her own questing and questioning self.
Andrew Motion  

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

257 Pages

ISBN: 9781846314841

Publication: September 15, 2010

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 59

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