'Black Phones': postmodern poetics in the Holocaust poetry of Sylvia Plath
Boswell, MJ 2008, ''Black Phones': postmodern poetics in the Holocaust poetry of Sylvia Plath' , Critical Survey, 20 (2) , pp. 53-64.
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This essay offers a fresh perspective on the Holocaust verse of the American poet Sylvia Plath, taking issue with the accusation that in her poetry she uses the Holocaust as a metaphor to figure her own personal pain. This essay offers close readings of the eccentric monologue 'Lady Lazarus' and the 'German trilogy' of 'Little Fugue', 'Daddy' and 'The Munich Mannequins'. Paying particular attention to the recurring motif of the 'black phone', this essay argues that Plath's Holocaust verse offers a self-aware response to the genocide that is identifiably postmodern in its innovative, self-reflexive treatment of history.
|Additional Information:||This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Critical Survey. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Boswell, MJ 2008, ''Black Phones': postmodern poetics in the Holocaust poetry of Sylvia Plath', Critical Survey, 20 (2), pp.53-64 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/cs.2008.200206|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||Critical Survey|
|Depositing User:||MJ Boswell|
|Date Deposited:||19 Jan 2009 09:21|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:37|
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