In Search of Communication and Community: The Poetry of John Ashbery

In Search of Communication and Community: The Poetry of John Ashbery

by Kacper Bartczak, Jacek Fisiak
     
 

This book is an attempt to offer a reading of the poet’s œuvre that will venture beyond indeterminacy and retrieve a human struggle inscribed in the poetry. The author proposes an eclectic approach that allows the reader to see Ashbery’s poetry as part of a fascinating intellectual landscape. Departing from the work of such critics as Perloff, Bloom,…  See more details below

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This book is an attempt to offer a reading of the poet’s œuvre that will venture beyond indeterminacy and retrieve a human struggle inscribed in the poetry. The author proposes an eclectic approach that allows the reader to see Ashbery’s poetry as part of a fascinating intellectual landscape. Departing from the work of such critics as Perloff, Bloom, and Altieri, the study structures lively transactions between poetry, literary criticism, art, and the work of philosophers: Stanley Cavell, Richard Rorty, Donald Davidson, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Such background provides a theoretical platform for the new reading of many of Ashbery’s most important poems. The resulting interpretations give us a poet who, desiring to obtain communicative passages toward the other, must overcome varieties of skepticism and solipsism. Parallel to these developments is the emergent perspective of a larger community of language users who share a strange, menacing, but beautiful world - our world.

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«Sometimes an outsider critic can see things in a given poetic corpus that have escaped those close to it; this is certainly the case in Bartczak’s relationship to his subject.» (Marjorie Perloff)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820499017
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Polish Studies in English Language and L
Pages:
240

Meet the Author

The Author: Kacper Bartczak received his Ph. D. from the University of Łódź (Poland). He has been a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University. His writings include papers on theory and poetry, both American and Polish. The author is also a poet in Polish, with two books of poetry published.

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