This innovative casebook introduces readers to wide-ranging critical dialogue about the work of Ted Hughes, one of the most popular and influential British poets of the twentieth century. In twelve new essays, international authorities on Hughes examine and debate his work, shedding new light on familiar texts.
Split into two parts, the first half of this book examines Hughes' work through cultural contexts, such as postmodernism and the carnivalesque, while the second part uses literary theories including postcolonialism, ecocriticism and trauma theory to interpret his poetry. Providing fresh inspiration and insights into the various diverse ways in which Hughes' writing can be interpreted, this volume is an ideal introduction to both literary theory and the work of Ted Hughes for literature students and scholars alike.
Terry Gifford is Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Writing and Environment, Bath Spa University, UK, and Senior Research Fellow and Profesor Honorifico at the University of Alicante, Spain.
Series Editor's Preface.- Abbreviations.- Acknowledgments.- Notes on ContributorsIntroduction; Terry Gifford.- PART I: READINGS THROUGH CULTURAL CONTEXTS.- 1. Hughes and Myth; Laurence Coupe2. Hughes and Post-Modernism; Alex Davies.- 3. Hughes and Intertextuality; David Troupes.- 4. Hughes and the Absurd; Keith Sagar.- 5. Hughes and the Carnivalesque; Neil Roberts.- 6. Hughes and Gender; Janne Stigen Drangsholt.- PART II: READINGS THROUGH THE FRAMES OF THEORY.- 7. Structuralist and Postructuralist Readings; Gillian Groszewski8. Psychoanalytic Readings; Joanny Moulin9. Trauma Theory Readings; Daniel O'Connor10. Postcolonial Indian Readings; Usha VT and Murali Sivaramakrishnan11. Posthumanist Readings; Iris Ralph.- 12. Ecocritical Readings; Richard Kerridge.- Further Reading.- Index.