From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century

From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century

by Jennifer Ashton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521101557

ISBN-13: 9780521101554

Pub. Date: 12/04/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this overview of twentieth-century American poetry, Jennifer Ashton examines the relationship between modernist and postmodernist American poetics. Ashton moves between the iconic figures of American modernism - Stein, Williams, Pound - and developments in contemporary American poetry to show how contemporary poetics, specially the school known as language

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In this overview of twentieth-century American poetry, Jennifer Ashton examines the relationship between modernist and postmodernist American poetics. Ashton moves between the iconic figures of American modernism - Stein, Williams, Pound - and developments in contemporary American poetry to show how contemporary poetics, specially the school known as language poetry, have attempted to redefine the modernist legacy. She explores the complex currents of poetic and intellectual interest that connect contemporary poets with their modernist forebears. The works of poets such as Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery are explained and analysed in detail. This major account of the key themes in twentieth-century poetry and poetics develops important ways to read both modernist and postmodernist poetry through their similarities as well as their differences. It will be of interest to all working in American literature, to modernists, and to scholars of twentieth-century poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521101554
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/04/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #149
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : modernism's new literalism1
1Gertrude Stein for anyone30
2Making the rose red : Stein, proper names, and the critique of indeterminacy67
3Laura (Riding) Jackson and T=H=E N=E=W C=R=I=T=I=C=I=S=M95
4Modernism's old literalism : Pound, Williams, Zukofsky, and the objectivist critique of metaphor119
5Authorial inattention : Donald Davidson's literalism, Jorie Graham's materialism, and cognitive science's embodied minds146

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