Locations of Literary Modernism: Region and Nation in British and American Modernist Poetry

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In this collection, an international team of contributors contests the conventional critical view of modernism as a transnational or supranational entity. They examine relationships between modernist poetry and place, and foreground issues of region and space, nation and location in the work of poets such as Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore.

Contributors:
Alex Davis, Lee Jenkins, Robert Crawford, Richard Caddel, Thomas Dilworth, ...

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Overview

In this collection, an international team of contributors contests the conventional critical view of modernism as a transnational or supranational entity. They examine relationships between modernist poetry and place, and foreground issues of region and space, nation and location in the work of poets such as Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore.

Contributors:
Alex Davis, Lee Jenkins, Robert Crawford, Richard Caddel, Thomas Dilworth, John Goodby, Christopher Wigginton, Stan Smith, Peter Nicholls, Fiona Green, Geoff Ward, Peter Brooker

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"Essays juztapose well-known and neglected writers, lending a new perspective and challenge for rereading the works of such authors as ...Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, and Langston Hughes...Demanding and well documented." Choice

"[Howarth] is a lucid writer with an exacting eye, and he clearly has given long study to these and other poets...What this book amounts to, finally, is compelling, rigorously researched, and old-fashioned (I use the term without prejudice) literary history." - Patrick Collier, Ball State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521187398
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction: Locating modernisms: an overview 3
Pt. 1 Obstinate Isles: The Anglo-Celtic Archipelago
1 MacDiarmid in Montrose 33
2 Bunting and Welsh 57
3 Antithesis of place in the poetry and life of David Jones 67
4 'Shut, too, in a tower of words': Dylan Thomas' modernism 89
5 'Literally, for this': metonymies of national identity in Edward Thomas, Yeats and Auden 113
6 Reactions from their burg: Irish modernist poets of the 1930s 135
Pt. 2 An American Place
7 Pound's places 159
8 Wallace Stevens and America 178
9 Locating the lyric: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and the Second World War 199
10 'In the published city': the New York School of Poets 215
11 Modernism deferred: Langston Hughes, Harlem and jazz montage 231
Notes 248
Index 289
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