Taking it like a man
ISBN-0 7190 3834 0
Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke represent to many the epitome of the British spirit at war. Their poetry and their lives symbolise not only the horror of war but also its glory.
In Taking it Like a Man, Adrian Caesar challenges our conventional readings of their work and looks at each poet through their shared ideological inheritance: Christianity, romanticism, imperialism. The relationship between suffering and sexuality reveals a complex and disturbing side to their work – and also to the cultural identity of Britain during the First World War.
In this lucid book, Adrian Caesar offers teachers and students a fresh insight into the lives and work of four major writers and into the survival of attitudes that can perceive the highest spiritual value emerging from the most destructive of human endeavours.
Taking it like a Man is described as a ‘must read’ book by College Literature (USA) and as an ‘excellent and important study’ by English (UK).
ISBN-0 7190 3375 6 (hardback)
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Dividing Lines provides a lively a refreshing discussion of young English poets, their beliefs and their poetry, written in that most troubled and mythologised of decades, the 1930s. Adrian Caesar challenges previous literary histories of the decade by making hitherto unexplored connections between the class and educational backgrounds of the poets concerned, the style in which they wrote, and the ideological implications of their poetry.
Dividing Lines provides a lucid and readable account suitable for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the literature, history and politics of the 1930s.
In his review of the book in the Times Literary Supplement, Ian Gregson writes, ‘Caesar’s scholarship . . .greatly contributes to our understanding of the period . . .What also emerges strongly from this book – connected with this discussion of poetry and class – are the ideological elements involved in the creation of a literary establishment. Here in its eloquent denunciation of the ways that some kinds of writing acquire a privileged status while others are excluded, Dividing Lines has significance that extends beyond its period’
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Kenneth Slessor has long been hailed as one of Australia’s finest and most important poets. His work has been studied by generations of schoolchildren and university students. Critical approbation has been long-lived and widespread. Bu the terms of this praise have often echoed Slessor’s own aesthetic principles – that poetry transcends social and political issues; that poetry is imbued with magic; that poetry should deal with verities assumed to be eternal.
This book offers a contemporary reading in plain language of Slessor’s poetry and poetics – a reading which concentrates on social and political meanings rather than aesthetic considerations, thereby offering a challenging and stimulating argument accessible to a wide range of readers.
Kenneth Slessor was described as ‘new and invigorating’ by Julian Croft, writing in Australian Literary Studies.