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Cultural Writing. Poetry. This volume collects critical essays on John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch; writers from the generation of New York School poets who emerged in the 1950s. In collecting the nineteen essays comprised in this volume, editors Terence Diggory and Stephen Paul Miller "take the literary historical category of the School as a convenient given, and opportunity for multi-faceted investigation of writers who merit positive attention. Coupling historicizing gestures and close reading, these critics account for complexities of gender, sexual identity, race, and even social debates about cinema and the climate of the Cold War" -- Thomas Fink.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943373508
  • Publisher: National Poetry Foundation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Community "Intimate" or "Inoperative": New York School Poets and Politics from Paul Goodman to Jean-Luc Nancy 13
John Ashbery
An Ashbery Primer 35
The Strength of Ashbery: Narrative and Nostalgia 51
The Demands of Reading: Mapping, Travel and Ekphrasis in the Poetry from the 1950s of John Ashbery and Elizabeth Bishop 67
Frank O'Hara
"I Want To Be at Least as Alive as the Vulgar": Frank O'Hara's Poetry and the Cinema 93
Strange Fruit: O'Hara, Race and the Color of Time 123
Frank O'Hara, Flaneur of New York 143
O'Hara, Judd and Cold War Accommodation: Perceptions Equalizing Ground and Figure 175
Barbara Guest
The Gendered Marvelous: Barbara Guest, Surrealism and Feminist Reception 189
Becoming "a Compleat Travel Agency": Barbara Guest's Negotiations with the Fifties Feminine Mystique 215
Reading Barbara Guest: The View from the Nineties 229
Another Poet Among Painters: Barbara Guest with Grace Hartigan and Mary Abbott 245
James Schuyler
James Schuyler's "A Picnic Cantata": The Art of the Ordinary 267
James Schuyler's "Spots of Time" 287
"Arm the Paper Arm": Kenneth Koch's Postmodern Comedy 311
Kenneth Koch's Poetics of Pleasure 327
Kenneth Koch's "Serious Moment" 345
Contingency as Compositional Principle in Fifties Poetics 359
Acknowledgments 387
Works Cited 391
Notes on Contributors 405
Index 409
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