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A Transnational Poetics$
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Jahan Ramazani

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703442

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703374.001.0001

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Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning

Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning

(p.71) CHAPTER 4 Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning
A Transnational Poetics

Jahan Ramazani

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes how, why and to what extent nationalism, antinationalism and transnationalism intersect in poetry of mourning. It examines how the elegy might help in developing a taxonomy of the various forms of literary transnationalism and discusses the intercultural microcommunities of grief between mourner and mourned and the nation-crossing figurations of death and mourning. This chapter also analyzes the elegies of several poets including Wilfred Owen, W. H. Auden and Denise Levertov.

Keywords:   mourning, nationalism, antinationalism, transnationalism, elegy, literary transnationalism, grief, Wilfred Owen, W. H. Auden, Denise Levertov

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