"I'm an agnostic," the British poet Philip
Larkin (1922-1985) used to say, "an
Anglican agnostic, of course."
The idiosyncratic unbelief that Philip
Larkin made his own in a distinguished
writing career spanning five decades is
typically mediated by an engaging play of
bluff and counter-bluff, as seen in his
almost mock metaphysics.
What Larkin is resisting in his writings,
how this is a achieved, and why his texts
tend to such complex ends, are among
the questions explored by the thirteen
specialists in this first
thematically-unified volume of Larkin
scholarship published in France.
Research support provided by the
FORELL (EA 3816)
Photograph: A Sereia by Ricardo
Philip Larkin and the Poetics of
Andrew McKeown and Charles Holdefer,
Paris: L'Harmattan ISBN 2-7475-9779-2
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