Empathy In Contemporary Poetry After Crisis

Empathy In Contemporary Poetry After Crisis
By Anna Veprinska


“Anna Veprinska’s Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisis adds a superb and wonderfully clear-eyed new conceptual lens to understanding not just ‘poetry after the crisis,’ but all representations of violence and suffering―in literature, art, and survivor testimony. In her deep excursus on ‘empathy’ and ‘empathetic dissonance’ as conceptual frames for understanding such art, Veprinska brings a poet’s eye and crystal clear prose in-tuned on a good range of aesthetic responses to catastrophe.” (James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

“While examining how poets manipulate empathy for sort of productive and problematic reasons, Anna Veprinska asks a lot of hard questions on the ethics of empathy. Her ultimate response―that empathy contains an inherent dissonance―provides an important nuance to how we answer cultural tragedies. Wide-ranging but meticulously theorized and researched, Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisis offers us a replacement way of thinking about how and why we pity others.” (Andy Weaver, professor of English, York University, Canada)

“Rich, complex, and deeply ethical, Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisistraces the important but complicated place of empathy in poetry that grapples with the aftermath of catastrophe in our time. Never losing sight of the important lives suffering from the events that the poems deal with, Anna Veprinska’s clear, elegant and thoughtful writing reshapes our understanding of literary empathy, and therefore the way it contends with the human implications of like genocide, terrorist attacks, and natural (but mismanaged) disasters.” (Sara R. Horowitz, Professor of literary study and Humanities, York University, Canada)
“This could also be a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking book which demonstrates an unprecedented literary, critical and theoretical range. Anna Veprinska’s discussion of ‘empathetic dissonance’ makes an enormous contribution to a minimum of one among the foremost important debates in contemporary literary studies.” (Robert Eaglestone, Professor of up to date Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
“A sensitive and clear-eyed reading of limits of poetic empathy in times of crisis. Anna Veprinska’s ear for ‘empathetic dissonance’―a term rich in resonance on its own―detects what wild comfort or appropriated feelings are often gleaned from poets who answer crises near and much as immediate or secondhand witnesses. filled with superb and surprising insights, this book itself could also be a piece of tender empathy.” (Julia Creet, Professor of English, York University, Canada, and author of The Genealogical Sublime (forthcoming, 2020))

“This book may be a profound statement on the character of compassion in poetry. Bold and provocative, elegantly written and incisive, impressively researched and piercing in its perceptions, imaginative and wide-ranging in its implications, this work reflects on how recent poems illuminate responses to catastrophe. It also engages how poetry can serve to deepen explorations into sensitivity and sensibility, into the turmoil and terrors of our lives and times. Poetics becomes here how of knowing, embodying insight into broken experiences. this is often pioneering work. it'll surely be the quality for several years on the way to understand empathy and poetry together. Veprinska may be a superb reader of complicated, demanding works. And her eloquence should serve to impress and encourage much-needed debate on how compassion is significant for our evolution and our passages through wounding conflicts. we should always welcome and remember her original, emphatic voice.” (B.W. Powe, professor of Literature, York University, Canada, and author of The Charge within the Global Membrane (2019), McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy (2014), and Decoding Dust (2016)

About the Author

Anna Veprinska teaches at York University and Seneca College, CA, and has published a book of poems also as articles in Contemporary Literature and therefore the Bristol Journal of English Studies.


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