Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


256 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-97573-3

Ted Hughes, nature and culture

Edited by

Neil Roberts, Mark Wormald, Terry Gifford

The fourteen contributors to this new collection of essays begin with Ted Hughes's proposition that "every child is nature's chance to correct culture's error." Established Hughes scholars alongside new voices draw on a range of approaches to explore the intricate relationships between the natural world and cultural environments — political, as well as geographical — which his work unsettles. Combining close readings of his encounters with animals and places, and explorations of the poets who influenced him, these essays revealTed Hughes as a writer we still urgently need. Hughes helps us manage, in his words, "the powers of the inner world and the stubborn conditions of the other world, under which ordinary men and women have to live". 

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97574-0

Full citation:

Roberts, N. , Wormald, M. , Gifford, T. (eds) (2018). Ted Hughes, nature and culture, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents

The nuptial flight

Wormald Mark


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Ted Hughes's Paradise

Roberts Neil


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Coetzee's Hughesian animals

Heaney Claire


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The nature of Ted Hughes's similes

Castell James


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The nature of Englishness

Ravinthiran Vidyan


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Imagination alters everything

Stigen Drangsholt Janne


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"Our Chaucer"

Robinson James


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"The remains of something"

Robinson Katherine


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Ted Hughes's apocalyptic origins

Goodby John


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Spectral Ophelia

Smith Carrie


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The influence of Ted Hughes

Blomvall Laura


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Hughes and urbanity

Perry Seamus


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