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Space and time, myth and place

Brian Baker

in Iain Sinclair

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719069048
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.003.0002
Space and time, myth and place

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This chapter examines the ‘British poetry revival’ that Sinclair was engaged in when he wrote and published Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge. It considers the importance of William Blake to Suicide Bridge, and examines the factors that were used to define the poetic practice of the British poetry revival poets. It then shows how Sinclair adopted Michael Faraday's conception of the field for the purposes of cultural and social critique, and how Sinclair included the fourth dimension—namely time—in the Suicide Bridge. Finally, it shows how Nicholas Hawksmoor helped Sinclair reimagine London and its myths, and discusses Sinclair's troubling and conflicted understanding of the workings of myth and the scientific metaphors he used in his works.

Keywords: British poetry revival; Lud Heat; Suicide Bridge; William Blake; poetic practice; field; social critique; fourth dimension; myth; scientific metaphors

Chapter.  10477 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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