The Author as DJ

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653393 | DOI:
The Author as DJ

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This chapter takes the experimental work of Edwin Morgan and shows how he alters the position of the author in a way that can be read as direct criticism of Enlightenment. It suggests, with reference to the poet-critic Edwin Morgan, that the movement toward the rights of citizenship, predicated on some contingent statehood but by no means simply state-happy, is aesthetically linked to the concrete, the tactile, and the ironic. It emphasises that there is a postcolonial context: a critically reworked concrete and poésie trouvée movement, pioneered in Scotland by Edwin Morgan and Ian Hamilton Finlay, can be dated from 1963, immediately after immigration laws made it more difficult to emigrate to the UK from the Caribbean in 1962, and after the last half-decade or so had seen strong immigrant movements, and a concomitant swelling of the loony right.

Keywords: Edwin Morgan; Enlightenment; citizenship; poésie trouvée; Ian Hamilton Finlay; immigration laws; Caribbean

Chapter.  9502 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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