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Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time

4. Nostalgia

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Lecture

In this module, we read through the third poem in the collection, 'Nostalgia', focusing in particular on: (i) the meaning of the word 'nostalgia'; (ii) the wide range of people who might experience a sense of displacement and loss; (iii) the idea of 'home'; (iv) the multiple possible meanings of the final lines ("and everything changed"); and (v) the concepts of innocence and experience and the move from one to the other.

Course

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1993 collection, ‘Mean Time'. After an introductory module in which we think about the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy in general and the collection as a whole – and especially the implications of its title – the course continues with a reading and analysis of each of the thirty-nine poems in the collection, one by one.

Lecturer

John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.

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McRae, J. (2021, March 01). Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time - Nostalgia [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/nostalgia-a4b381ec-084d-433c-af06-40d287619672

MLA style

McRae, John. "Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time – Nostalgia." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Mar 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-mean-time/nostalgia-a4b381ec-084d-433c-af06-40d287619672