Adrienne Rich: Poetry of the Possible (Contributions in Women's Studies)

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Although best known as a poet, Adrienne Rich is a versatile critic and a gifted writer of nonfiction and critical theory. Writing in the oracular tradition of Whitman and Dickinson, she affirms the will to change as an enduring commitment in her life and poetry.One of America's most outspoken literary figures, her courage in speaking out against injustice in the United States and worldwide has earned her the kind of international political following few American poets enjoy. This book is a much-needed ...

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Overview

Although best known as a poet, Adrienne Rich is a versatile critic and a gifted writer of nonfiction and critical theory. Writing in the oracular tradition of Whitman and Dickinson, she affirms the will to change as an enduring commitment in her life and poetry.One of America's most outspoken literary figures, her courage in speaking out against injustice in the United States and worldwide has earned her the kind of international political following few American poets enjoy. This book is a much-needed comprehensive study of her life and career. It covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. In doing so, it clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality.

The volume covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. It clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality. In doing so, it draws on a vast body of literary, theoretical, and cultural scholarship. While the book offers a thorough study of Rich and her works, it also examines the critical reaction that her controversial writings have engendered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316050
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Series: Contributions in Women's Studies Series
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

CHERI COLBY LANGDELL is Adjunct Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note to the Reader xi
Abbreviations xiii
Chronology xv
1 Introduction: A Woman Sworn to Lucidity 1
2 Beginnings: Deliberate Detachment and Conscious Craft 9
3 Eruptions of the Female Psyche 39
4 New Poetry Enters the World 71
5 Seeing Is Changing, Writing Is Renaming 97
6 To Be an American Woman 127
7 A New Relationship to the Universe 159
8 Here Is a Map of Our Country 187
9 Poetry's Inadmissible Untimely Messenger 209
10 A Revolutionary Textual Strategy Embodying the Materiality of Women's Experience 223
11 Fox: Postmodern Adrienne Rich 241
Notes 249
Bibliography 259
Index of Adrienne Rich's Works 269
General Index 273
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