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Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem
     

Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem

by Robert Kern
 

ISBN-10: 0521496136

ISBN-13: 9780521496131

Pub. Date: 08/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem is a critical and historical interpretation of "Oriental" influences on American modernist poetry. Kern equates Fenollosa and Pound's "discovery" of Chinese writing with the American pursuit of a natural language for poetry, what Emerson had termed the "language of nature." Through analysis and contextualization, Kern

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Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem is a critical and historical interpretation of "Oriental" influences on American modernist poetry. Kern equates Fenollosa and Pound's "discovery" of Chinese writing with the American pursuit of a natural language for poetry, what Emerson had termed the "language of nature." Through analysis and contextualization, Kern sheds light on the three contemporary nexuses of his search: the cultural study of Orientalism and the West, the evolution of Indo-European linguistic theory, and the intellectual tradition of American modernist poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521496131
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #97
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the European hallucination; 2. Emerson and the language of nature; 3. Character assassination: representing Chinese in nineteenth-century linguistics; 4. Otto Jesperson and Chinese as the future of language; 5. Language in its primary use: Fenollosa and the Chinese character; Interchapter: Pound, Emerson, and the poetics of creative reading; 6. Modernising Orientalism/Orientalising modernism: Ezra Pound, Chinese translation, and English-as-Chinese; 7. Seeing the world without language: Gary Snyder and Chinese as American speech.

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