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Across the Walls (Poetry Collection): Home, Alienation and Re-homing in Four Migrant Poets in London (Dissertation)

Kawalit, Alia (2015) Across the Walls (Poetry Collection): Home, Alienation and Re-homing in Four Migrant Poets in London (Dissertation). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:49231)

Language: English

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This thesis investigates contemporary poetry of migrants and expatriates in the United Kingdom. The thesis starts with a collection of my poems that emerges as a correspondence to changing locations from Jordan, my homeland, to England, the host land.

The second part is a dissertation that studies the work of four poets: Merle Collins and her Rotten Pomerack (1992); Amjad Nasser and Shepherd of Solitude (2009); Fathieh Saudi and Daughter of the Thames (2009); Sofia Buchuck and Orange Nights in Autumn (2008).

The approach taken in this dissertation is through giving special attention to political context and to the ways in which Collins, Nasser, Saudi and Buchuck reflect it in their poems. In addition, the study shows how both Saudi and Buhcuck use poetry as a means of renewing identity and creating a new homeland. The study also includes personal interviews with Saudi and Buchuck that tell about the difficulties and opportunities faced by

migrant poets.

Both the critical and creative work offer insights into different experiences with location which result in various poetic expressions and definitions of host land, homeland, and home.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Montefiore, Janet
Uncontrolled keywords: Text Practice As Research Poetry Portfolio Poetry, place and architecture: Canterbury London Grenada Amman Beirut Peru Contemporary Arabic Poetry: Free Verse Prose Poetry Caribbean poetry Immigrant Poets in London Poets and performers: Fathieh Saudi Amjad Nasser Merle Collins Sofia Buchuck Poetry communities: Exiled Writers Ink Poetry School Use of English language in writing poetry for non native speakers
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
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Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 17:00 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 10:59 UTC
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