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Humanities 2017, 6(3), 63; doi:10.3390/h6030063

“It always Takes a Long Time/to Decipher Where You Are”: Uncanny Spaces and Troubled Times in Margaret Atwood’s Poetry

Department of Humanities, University of Salerno, Fisciano, 84084 Italy
Received: 27 July 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 15 August 2017 / Published: 18 August 2017
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The focus is on Atwood’s most recent poetry collections; Morning in the Burned House (1995) and The Door (2007), in addition to the prose poems volume The Tent (2006). They have in common, albeit with a different emphasis, a preoccupation with mortality and with the writing of poetry itself. They also share a special concern for space. This reading considers space and landscape to function as metonyms. Space here is far from being passive; instead it is constantly in the process of being constructed. The disorientation that the poetic personae experience in these texts follows a labyrinthine pattern where heterogeneity and multiplicity in the sense of contemporaneous plurality prevail. In this perspective, the identity of a place becomes open and provisional, including that of a place called home. View Full-Text
Keywords: contemporary poetry; space and place; liminality contemporary poetry; space and place; liminality
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Rao, E. “It always Takes a Long Time/to Decipher Where You Are”: Uncanny Spaces and Troubled Times in Margaret Atwood’s Poetry. Humanities 2017, 6, 63.

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