The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot, and Pound

The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot, and Pound

by Michael North
     
 

Michael North offers a subtle reading of the issues by linking aesthetic modernism with an attempt in all these writers to resolve basic contradictions in modern liberalism. Though Yeats, Eliot, and Pound certainly attempted to resolve in art problems that could not be resolved in actuality, their very attempt resulted in a politicized aesthetic, one that confessed… See more details below

Overview

Michael North offers a subtle reading of the issues by linking aesthetic modernism with an attempt in all these writers to resolve basic contradictions in modern liberalism. Though Yeats, Eliot, and Pound certainly attempted to resolve in art problems that could not be resolved in actuality, their very attempt resulted in a politicized aesthetic, one that confessed their inability to do so. The book includes accounts of the specific political activities of the three writers, reinterpretations of their critical theories in light of their politics, and rereadings of some of their major works, including The Tower, The Waste Land, and Pisan Cantos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521102735
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. W.B. Yeats: Cultural Nationalism; Part II. T. S. Eliot: Conservatism; Part III. Ezra Pound: Fascism; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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