Letters of Blood and Other Works in English

Letters of Blood and Other Works in English Göran Printz-Påhlson. Edited by Robert Archambeau
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It seems to me that people (like me) know very little about Scandinavian modernism, but this volume of writings by the Swedish poet, translator, and critic Göran Printz-Påhlson may help to improve matters.
— Notre Dame Review, Summer/Fall 2012

Göran Printz-Påhlson will go down in history as the author of some classic poems… and one of Sweden's most learned, innovative and sharp-witted literary critics.

The Independent

This collection brings together for the first time select works in English by the major Swedish modernist poet and critic Göran Printz-Påhlson. It was Printz-Påhlson who introduced poetic modernism to Scandinavia, and his essays and poems delve deeply into English, American, and continental modernist traditions.
As well as Letters of Blood, the collection includes the full text of The Words of the Tribe, a major statement on modern poetics, in which Printz-Påhlson explores the significance of primitivism in Romanticism and Modernism, and the nature of metaphor and literary materialism. The collection also includes essays on style, irony, realism, and the relationship between historical drama and historical fiction, as well as studies of American poetry. Printz-Påhlson’s poetry in English continues to explore these themes by different, often surprisingly innovative, means.

Minor edits to this book have been made in May 2016.

The Swedish Academy has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume.

Letters of Blood and Other Works in English
Göran Printz-Påhlson, Robert Archambeau (ed.) | November 2011
xxxvii + 219 | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781906924560
ISBN Hardback: 9781906924577
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781906924584
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781906924591
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781906924607
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0017
BIC subject codes: DCF (poetry), DSA (literary theory), 1DNS (Sweden); BISAC subject codes: LIT004120 (LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh), LIT000000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / General); OCLC Number: 939888771.


by Elinor Shaffer

Inbetween: Locating Göran Printz-Påhlson
by Robert Archambeau

'The Overall Wandering of Mirroring Mind': Some Notes on Göran Printz-Påhlson
by Lars-Håkan Svensson

The Words of the Tribe: Primitivism, Reductionism, and Materialism in Modern Poetics
Part One  Linguistic Primitivism in Modernism and Romanticism
Part Two  Linguistic Reductionism in Poetry Criticism
Part Three  The Material Word: From Imagism to New Criticism to Intertextualism
Part Four  The Polity of Metaphor and the Purity of Diction

Other Prose
Part Five  Style, Irony, Metaphor and Meaning
Part Six  Realism as Negation
Part Seven  Historical Drama and Historical Fiction: The Example of Stindberg
Part Eight  The Canon of Literary Modernism: A Note on Abstraction in the Poetry of Erik Lindegren
Part Nine  The Tradition of Contemporary Swedish Poetry
Part Ten  Kierkegaard the Poet
Part Eleven  Surface and Accident: John Ashbery
Part Twelve  The Voyages of John Matthias

Letters of Blood: Poems
Letters of Blood

My Interview with I.A. Richards
The Longest-Running Show on Television
The Enormous Comics
Poem Unnamed

Aelius Lamia: Tanka for Robert Hass
Turing Machine
Two Prose Poems
Sir Charles Babbage Returns to Trinity College
Man-Made Monster Surreptitiously Regarding Idyllic Scene
Joe Hill in Prison
Remember the Rosenbergs
When Beaumont and Tocqueville First Visited Sing-Sing
Three Baroque Arias from Gradiva

Acrobats on the Radio
To John at Summer Solstice, Before His Return

The Green-Ey’d Monster

Select Bibliography of Works by Göran Printz-Påhlson

Robert Archambeau is a poet and critic whose books include the study Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press) and the poetry collection Home and Variations (Salt Publishing). He has edited several books, including Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias (Ohio University Press) and The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (&NOW Books).
His writing has appearing in Poetry, Boston Review, PN Review, Pleiades, Chicago Review, and many other journals, and he has received grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Swedish Academy, and other organizations. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden, and is Professor of English at Lake Forest College, Illinois.

Elinor Shaffer
, FBA, is Senior Fellow of the merged Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London. She is also Research Director and Series Editor of The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (Continuum 2002-). Her publications include The Fall of Jerusalem: The Mythological School of Biblical Criticism and Secular Literature 1770–1880 (1975), Erewhons of the Eye: Samuel Butler as Painter, Photographer and Art Critic (1987). Elinor Shaffer has taught at Berkeley, Cambridge, University of East Anglia, and held Visiting posts at Berlin, Brown, Zurich, and Stanford.

Lars-Håkan Svensson is Professor Emeritus of Language and Culture at Linköping University, Sweden. His main publications are on Renaissance poetry (Samuel Daniel, Edmund Spenser) and contemporary American and Irish poetry. His three interviews with Göran Printz-Påhlson are included in the latter’s När jag var prins utav Arkadien (1995). He is a critic as well as a translator (among others Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Sir Philip Sidney, John Matthias, Paul Muldoon, and Les Murray). He lives in Lund.