Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left / Edition 1

Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left / Edition 1

by Cary Nelson
     
 

Revolutionary Memory is the most important book yet to be published about the vital tradition of leftwing American Poetry. As Cary Nelson shows, it is not only our image of the past but also our sense of the present and future that changes when we recover these revolutionary memories. Making a forceful case for political poetry as poetry,

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Revolutionary Memory is the most important book yet to be published about the vital tradition of leftwing American Poetry. As Cary Nelson shows, it is not only our image of the past but also our sense of the present and future that changes when we recover these revolutionary memories. Making a forceful case for political poetry as poetry, Nelson brings to bear his extraordinary knowledge of American poets, radical movements, and social struggles in order to bring out an undervalued strength in a literature often left at the canon's edge. Focused in part of the red decade of the 1930s, Revolutionary Memory revitalizes biographical criticism for writers on the margin and shows us for the first time how progressive poets fused their work into a powerful chorus of political voices. Richly detailed and beautifully illustrated with period engravings and woodcuts, Revolutionary Memory brings that chorus dramatically to life and set a cultural agenda for future work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415930055
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Modern Poems We Have Wanted to Forget11
A Postry Dossier11
Establishment Memory and Political Poetry55
The Assault on Langston Hughes66
Naming Names75
2From the Great Depression to the Red Scare: The Poetry of Edwin Rolfe87
Poetry as Lived History87
The Lessons of Spain108
Poetry Against McCarthyism125
3Poetry Chorus: The Politics of Revolutionary Memory141
The Community of the Left141
Tillie Olsen's Sweat Shop Poem159
Revolution's Collective Voice165
4Poetry Chorus: How Much for Spain?181
Don Quixote in Prison181
When Madrid Was the Tomb of Fascism190
A Lament for Garcia Lorca226
Exile without End234
Notes245
Index263

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