Amy Lowell, American Modern

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For decades, the work of one of America’s most influential poets, 1925 Pulitzer Prize–winner Amy Lowell (1874–1925), has been largely overlooked. This vigorous, courageous poet gave voice to an erotic, thoroughly American sensibility. Cigar-smoker, Boston Brahmin, lesbian, impresario, entrepreneur, and prolific poet, Lowell heralded the rush of an American poetic flowering. A best-selling poet as well as a wildly popular lecturer (autograph-seeking fans were sometimes so boisterous that she required a police ...

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Overview

For decades, the work of one of America’s most influential poets, 1925 Pulitzer Prize–winner Amy Lowell (1874–1925), has been largely overlooked. This vigorous, courageous poet gave voice to an erotic, thoroughly American sensibility. Cigar-smoker, Boston Brahmin, lesbian, impresario, entrepreneur, and prolific poet, Lowell heralded the rush of an American poetic flowering. A best-selling poet as well as a wildly popular lecturer (autograph-seeking fans were sometimes so boisterous that she required a police escort), she was a respected authority on modern poetry, forging the path that led to the works of Allen Ginsberg, May Sarton, Sylvia Plath, and beyond. Yet, since her death, her work has suffered critical neglect.

This volume presents an essential revaluation of Lowell, and builds a solid critical basis for evaluating her poetry, criticism, politics, and influence. Essays explore the varied contributions of Lowell as a woman poet, a modernist, and a significant force of the literary debates of early twentieth-century poetics. In addition to placing Lowell in her proper historical context, contributors demonstrate her centrality to current critical and theoretical discussions: feminist, gay and lesbian, and postcolonial, in as well as in disability, American, and cultural studies. The book includes a transatlantic group of literary critics and scholars.

Amy Lowell, American Modern
offers the most sustained examination of Lowell to date. It returns her to conversation and to literary history where she belongs.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533568
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


Adrienne Munich is a professor of English at SUNYStony Brook. Among her books are Remaking Queen VictoriaQueen Victorias SecretsAndromeda's Chains: Gender and Interpretation in Victorian Literature and Art, and Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation. Melissa Bradshaw is an assistant professor of humanities at Barat College of DePaul University. She is the co-editor with Adrienne Munich of Selected Poems of Amy Lowell.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Amy Lowell and Cultural Borders 1
Family Matters: Genealogies and Intertexts in Amy Lowell's "The Sisters" 9
Amy Lowell and the Unknown Ladies: The Caryatides Talk Back 27
A Translatlantic Affiar: Amy Lowell and Bryher 43
"Which, Being Interpreted, Is as May Be, or Otherwise": Ada Dwyer Russell in Amy Lowell's Life and Work 59
Lesbian Chivalry in Amy Lowell's Sword Blades and Poppy Seed 77
Amy Lowell, John Keats, and the "Shielded Scutcheon" of Imagist Art 90
Unrelated Beauty: Amy Lowell, Polyphonic Prose, and the Imagist City 104
Putting on the Voice of the Orient: Gender and Sexuality in Amy Lowell's "Asian" Poetry 120
Amy Lowell's Letters in the Network of Modernism 136
Amy Lowell, Some Imagist Poets, and the Context of the New Poetry 154
Remembering Amy Lowell: Embodiment, Obesity, and the Construction of a Persona 167
Afterword: Amy Lowell: Body and Sou-ell 186
Notes on Contributors 199
General Index 203
Index of Lowell's Works 206
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