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Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics

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A first-hand account of the creative process that engages with the language of oppression and with politics in our time.

How does the poet become attuned to the language of the world's upheaval? How does one talk insightfully about suffering, without creating more of it? What is freedom in language and how does the poet who has endured political oppression write himself or
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2021 by Oxford University Press, USA
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The reader is pulled through Carmen Bugan’s thought-provoking work because it proved at every turn to be brimming - not just with ideas, but with the sensitivity of a true poet and the wisdom of a person who has lived through trauma and who has used that experience to grow deeper rather than bitter, to be dignified rather than craven. She points out that language can be used by oppressive regimes to enforce victimization, but it can also be used by victims to write their way to freedom. Bugan do ...more
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Dr. Carmen Bugan, a George Orwell Prize Fellow, is a prize-winning writer based in Long Island, NY. She was born in Romania and has lived in England, Ireland, and France. Educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford University, UK, with a PhD in English Literature, she is the author of four collections of poems (the most recent one a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation), ...more

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