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Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife

20. Mrs Rip van Winkle

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the twentieth poem in the collection, 'Mrs Rip van Winkle', focusing in particular on: (i) the character of Rip van Winkle from Washington Irving's 1819 short story 'Rip van Winkle'; (ii) the role of sex in the van Winkles' relationship; and (iii) the extent to which Mrs van Winkle is liberated by the separation from her husband – and her consternation when he comes back.

Course

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each of the thirty 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. (2020, April 28). Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife - Mrs Rip van Winkle [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-rip-van-winkle

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McRae, John. "Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife – Mrs Rip van Winkle." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Apr 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-the-world-s-wife/mrs-rip-van-winkle

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