Towards a Diasporic Poetics

The Case of British Jewish Poetry

in European Judaism
Peter Lawson Open University

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This article discusses a corpus of work which constitutes British Jewish poetry and stands as a paradigm of diasporic poetry. It focuses in particular on the work of Isaac Rosenberg and Jon Silkin, but also introduces my anthology of British Jewish poetry, Passionate Renewal: Jewish Poetry in Britain since 1945 (2001). Further, the article theorizes the components of diasporic poetry, comprising in effect a diasporic poetics. It shows how British Jewish diasporic poetry and diasporic poetics together suggest a diasporic poetic praxis. A poem entitled 'Another Expulsion of European Jews', which appeared in my collection Senseless Hours (2009), concludes the article as an example of such synthesizing praxis.

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