James Dickey and the Politics of Canon: Assessing the Savage Ideal


Suarez examines Dickey's colorful and controversial career, showing how literary politics brought about his fall from critical grace.

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Suarez examines Dickey's colorful and controversial career, showing how literary politics brought about his fall from critical grace.

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"This is a well-focused, perceptive, and fair-minded investigation of a subject that is increasingly sensitive in the academy: the dilemma of intellectual conformity in the service of political commitments. There have been other critical studies of James Dickey, but this one directly confronts the public, political phenomenon of Dickey in the general climate of academic political correctness. The book is unique."--James Justus

"I know of no other study of James Dickey's work that is even remotely as good. . . . Dickey is a major contemporary poet--perhaps our finest--whose talent and literary production have been seriously misinterpreted and undervalued, and such an intelligent, appreciative study as this should help inspire the critical respect Dickey deserves."--Lawrence Broer

Explores the reasons for the dramatic rise of the literary reputation of James Dickey in the 1960s, and his equally abrupt fall from critical grace after the early 1970s. Finds insight through an analysis of Dickey's exploration of violence, his relationships with Ezra Pound and Robert Bly, and the effect of the Vietnam War upon his career. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826209214
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Suarez is Assistant Professor of English at Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Uncollected Dickey: New Criticism, Pound, and the Narrative Image 19
2 Emerson in Vietnam: Dickey, Bly, and the New Left 42
3 Dickey and the Academic Canon: A Literary Civil War 79
4 Assessing the Savage Ideal 110
Bibliography 159
Index 167
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