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Invisible poetry: women, ethnic minorities and the forgotten history of Carcanet magazine

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posted on 2021-03-10, 10:34 authored by Lise JaillantLise Jaillant
Before it became a leading poetry publisher, Carcanet was a student magazine set up by undergraduates who wanted to link Oxford and Cambridge. This article sheds light on the forgotten history of Carcanet magazine, focusing particularly on women and ethnic minorities. Prior to Michael Schmidt’s takeover of the magazine in late 1967, Carcanet offered opportunities to writers from India and ex-colonies (including Adil Jussawalla and Edward Brathwaite) to publish their work, before moving on to more mainstream venues. Carcanet magazine can be seen as a site of struggle between various players: between the Oxford and Cambridge literary sets, and between British/European and postcolonial groups. Drawing on extensive archival work in neglected collections, as well as oral history interviews, this article tells an alternative history of Carcanet magazine as a case study for the larger literary field of post-war Britain. The story is less focused on Michael Schmidt, without diminishing his accomplishment in transforming a student magazine into an enduring publishing enterprise.

Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

The Review of English Studies

Volume

72

Issue

306

Pages

756-774

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Oxford University Press under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2020-09-28

Publication date

2021-03-09

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0034-6551

eISSN

1471-6968

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Lise Jaillant. Deposit date: 5 November 2020

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