The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995by Sacvan Bercovitch
Pub. Date: 03/28/1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
IVolume 8, concerned with works of poetry and criticism written between 1940 and the present, brings together two different sets of materials and narrative forms: the aesthetic and the institutional. Discarding the traditional synoptic overview of major figures, von Hallberg, Graff, and Carton settle in favor of a history from the inside--a history of interstices and relations, equal to the task of considering the contexts of art, power, and criticism in which it is set.
Table of ContentsPart I. Poetry, Politics, and Intellectuals Robert Von Hallberg: 1. The place of poetry in the Culture, 1945-1950; 2. Politics; 3. Rear-guards; 4. Avant-gardes; 5. Authenticity; 6. Translation; Conclusion: the place of poets 1995; Appendix I: Biographies of Poets; Part II. Criticism Since 1940 Evan Carton and Gerald Graff: Introduction; 1. Politics and American criticism; 2. The emergence of academic criticism; 3. The nationalising of the new criticism; 4. The canon, the academy, and gender; 5. Deconstruction and post-structuralism; 6. From textuality to materiality; 7. Cultural and historical studies; Conclusion: academic criticism and its discontents; Appendix II: Biographies of critics; Chronology 1940-1945; Bibliography.
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