Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934

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In this book, Rachel Blau DuPlessis shows how, through poetic language, modernist writers represented the debates around such social issues of modernity as suffrage, sexuality, manhood, and African-American and Jewish subjectivities. DuPlessis engages with the work of such canonical poets as Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore and H. D., as well as Mina Loy, Countee Cullen, Alfred Kreymborg and Langston Hughes, writers still marginalized by existing ...
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Overview

In this book, Rachel Blau DuPlessis shows how, through poetic language, modernist writers represented the debates around such social issues of modernity as suffrage, sexuality, manhood, and African-American and Jewish subjectivities. DuPlessis engages with the work of such canonical poets as Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore and H. D., as well as Mina Loy, Countee Cullen, Alfred Kreymborg and Langston Hughes, writers still marginalized by existing constructions of modernism.
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"This book's focus stays strongly on target throughout, opening up ways of reading this demanding poetry. I recommend it highly." American Literature

"I recommend DuPlessis's book for the wonderful light it shines on how some poets grappled, in the very texture of their writing, with some of the central political issues of Modernism." Rain Taxi

"the book is excitingly clear in its social investments, and offers a means for responsibilty bodying forth those investments in original dense, richly textured, and highly plausible readings." Modernism/Modernity 11/01

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Meet the Author

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Writing Beyond the Ending (1985), H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (1990), she is also editor of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990), and co-editor of both The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (1999) and The Feminist Memoir Project (1998). She is also a widely published poet.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Entitled new: a social philology of modern American poetry 1
2 "Corpses of poesy": modern poets consider some gender ideologies of lyric 29
3 "Seismic orgasm": sexual intercourse, its modern representations and politics 52
4 "HOO, HOO, HOO": some episodes in the construction of modern male whiteness 81
5 "Darken your speech": racialized cultural work in black and white poets 106
6 "Wondering Jews": melting-pots and mongrel thoughts 135
Notes 175
Works cited 204
Index 228
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