The State of the nation: Tony Harrison's v.
This essay is concerned with the contested critical question of the political character of Tony Harrison’s v. (1984), a famous ‘state of the nation’ poem that generated hostile criticism from many quarters. Important ‘left’ readings of v. criticised it as a liberal evasion of the political. This essay contests these readings quite directly, and sees this work as in fact highly political. It presents a revisionist reading of v. in the polemical contexts of its composition and reception. It is...[Show more]
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