Poets with PhDs — link to book review

plunkett-anthFrom my review of «Thirty Australian Poets», edited by Felicity Plunkett, UQP. 304pp, $27.95:

Poet and critic David McCooey points out in his informative introduction that “if the generation of 68 was the first generation of poets to generally have access to tertiary education, the poets here are the first generation to generally have PhDs”. Fortunately this doesn’t imply an enslavement to theory, as it may have done in the 60s, when missionary-minded Leavisites and anti-Leavisites vied for the souls of student and teacher alike among the smoking wreckage of the English syllabus.

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