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

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. The book brings the work of major canonical writers into juxtaposition with more neglected modernists such as Basil Bunting and Dylan Thomas, writers whose ...

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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. The book brings the work of major canonical writers into juxtaposition with more neglected modernists such as Basil Bunting and Dylan Thomas, writers whose investment in the concepts of region and nation, it is argued, contributed to their relative marginalization.

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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: 9780521780322
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: locating modernisms: an overview Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins; 1. MacDiarmid in Montrose Robert Crawford; 2. Bunting and Welsh Richard Caddel; 3. Antithesis of place in the poetry and life of David Jones Thomas Dilworth; 4. 'Shut in a yower of words': Dylan Thomas' Modernism John Goodby and Christopher Wigginton; 5. 'Literally, for this': metonymies of national identity in Edward Thomas, Yeats and Auden Stan Smith; 6. Reactions to their Burg: Irish Modernist poets of the 1930s Alex Davis; 7. Pound's places Peter Nicholls; 8. Wallace Stevens and America Lee Jenkins; 9. Locating the Lyric: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and World War II Fiona Green; 10. 'In the published city': the New York School of Poets Geoff Ward; 11. Modernism deferred: Langston Hughes, Harlem and Jazz Montage Peter Brooker; Index.

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