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The Movement Reconsidered par Zachary Leader

The Movement Reconsidered Zachary Leader

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The Movement was the preeminent poetical grouping of post-war Britain. This collection of original essays by distinguished poets, critics, and scholars from Britain and America provides new accounts not only of the best-known of Movement writers - Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, and Donald Davie - but of less-familiar contemporaries.

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The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and Their Contemporaries Zachary Leader

The Movement was the preeminent poetical grouping of post-war Britain. 'We shall have stamped our taste on the age between us in the end', boasted its most important poet, Philip Larkin, of his and Kingsley Amis's influence. That Larkin's boast proved well-founded even those who deplored Movement taste have agreed. According to Randall Stevenson, author of volume 12 of the Oxford English Literary History, English literature 'was never more static than under the influence of the Movement. If the later twentieth century proved a difficult period for poetry, it was in large measure because it took so long to realise this, and move on.' Moving on, though, was just what the Movement writers - Larkin, Amis, Thom Gunn, Donald Davie, Robert Conquest, John Wain, D.J. Enright, Elizabeth Jennings, and John Holloway - thought they were doing, even when deploring innovation and experiment. Was their influence, as detractors claim, stultifying, a lament for 'England gone'? What, moreover, of other charges: that Movement writing is dry, academic, insular? These accusations are as extreme as the anti-modernist accusations that sparked them, in particular those of Amis, Larkin, Conquest, and Davie. The Movement Reconsidered, a collection of original essays by distinguished poets, critics, and scholars from Britain and America, sets out to show not only that relations between Movement and other post-war British writers were more complex and nuanced than is usually suggested, but that the role these relations played in shaping the current literary scene is important and complicated. Other topics it examines include the origins of the grouping; the role of mediating figures such as Auden, Empson, and Orwell; the part the writers themselves played in promoting the grouping; the interlocking network of academics, journalists, and editors who aided them; and analogous developments in other fields, notably philosophy, politics, and language. The book's ultimate aim is to encourage readers to come to Movement writing with fresh eyes and to gain a fairer sense of its range and power.

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Review from previous edition Excellent * D. J. Taylor, Times Literary Supplement *
It should be read. * Nicholas Haslam, The Spectator *
The best essays here are robust in address, firm in judgment, and alert for the deflating hatpin behind the arras. It's seldom you get to use the word 'rollicking' of semi-academic literary criticism, but some of these earn the epithet. * Sam Leith, The Spectator *
The most absorbing essay in the book... is Terry Castle's "The Lesbianism of Phillip Larkin"... Castle shows that it's possible to write wittily and sensitively about aspects of Larkin's life that usually get treated with horror, jeers or indignant defensiveness. * Christopher Tayler, The Guardian *
Many good essays in this collection * Stefan Collini, London Review of Books *
Expertly compiled * The Observer *
The most useful critical guide to the Movement that has appeared in recent years... * Alan Brownjohn, Literary Review *

À propos de Zachary Leader

Zachary Leader is Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University. He has also taught at Cambridge, Harvard, Caltech, Universite Rennes 2, Haute Bretagne, and the University of Chicago. He is a scholar of the English Romantic Period as well as of modern British and American writing. Among his books are studies of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1981) and Revision and Romantic Authorship (1996). He has edited the Oxford Authors Shelley (with Michael O'Neill, 2003), an anthology of non-canonical Romantic period writings (with Ian Haywood, 1999), the letters of Kingsley Amis (2000), and a volume of original essays on modern British fiction (2002). His authorised biography of Kingsley Amis was one of three finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Introduction ; 1. 'Still Going On, All of It': The Movement in the 1950s and the Movement Today ; 2. The 'Truth of Skies': Auden, Larkin and the English Question ; 3. Counter-intuitive Larkin ; 4. The Lesbianism of Philip Larkin ; 5. Kingsley Amis: Against Fakery ; 6. Philosophy and Literature in the 1950s: The Rise of the 'Ordinary Bloke' ; 7. 'The Virtues of Good Prose': Verbal Hygiene and the Movement ; 8. 'An Instrument of Articulation': Empson and the Movement ; 9. Boys of the Move ; 10. 'I Thought I Was So Tough': Thom Gunn's Postures for Combat ; 11. In and Out of the Movement: Donald Davie and Thom Gunn ; 12. Donald Davie, The Movement, and Modernism ; 13. How It Seemed Then ; 14. New Lines in 1956 ; 15. 'Fond of What He's Crapping On': Movement Poetry and Romanticism ; 16. Elizabeth Jennings and Rome ; 17. New Lines, Movements, and Modernisms

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The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and Their Contemporaries Zachary Leader
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