Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 June 2021

224 Pages


ISBN: 9780198868323

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (AJ)

Poetry and the Language of Oppression

Essays on Politics and Poetics

Carmen Bugan

  • Offers an autobiographical, practicing poet's perspective on writing about Cold War government surveillance and political oppression
  • Discusses the process of "writing oneself free" by adopting a second language and makes the case for the necessity of individual, personal testimony in literature
  • Contributes an understanding of the language of oppression, and the concepts of freedom and liberty of the individual in a conflict-riven society
  • Widens considerations on freedom and the individual by studying the ideas of Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Isaiah Berlin, and engages with poetics of Aristotle, Dante, and Matthew Arnold
  • Examines contemporary poets and writers such as George Szirtes, Carolyn Forché, Meena Alexander, and Wole Soyinka, among others

Also of Interest