Concrete Horizons: Romantic Irony in the Poetry of David Malouf and Samuel Wagan Watson
Drawing on Bernd Mahr’s model theory, this volume introduces a new approach to Romanticism in contemporary Australian literature. Focusing on two very different authors, David Malouf and the Indigenous poet Samuel Wagan Watson, this book highlights their similarities rather than their differences. It is the first book-length study dedicated specifically to each author’s poetic oeuvre. Comprehensive readings reveal that an ironic dialectic underpins how each poet writes from within a disjunct of culture and environment following colonisation, finding hope in dialogue and a productive process of negative assertion. The theoretical framing of Romanticism developed here effectively rehabilitates Romanticism as a productive paradigm in contemporary Australian poetry.
KeywordsAboriginal poetry; Australian identity; Australian literature; Australian Romanticism; Barratt; Bode; Brisbane writing; Christoph; Concrete; Contemporary Australian poetry; David; David Malouf; Horizons; Indigenous poetry; Irony; Malouf; Michael; Model theory; Peacock; Place-making; Poetry; Romantic; Romantic irony; Rücker; Ruth; Samuel; Samuel Wagan Watson; Spatial hermeneutics; Suburban Australian literature City writing; Wagan; Watson
Publication date and placeBern, 2020
SeriesMUSE: Munich Studies in English, 45
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: poetry & poets