The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism

The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism

by C. Green
     
 

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From Jewish publishers to Appalachian poets, this cultural study reveals the role of 'Southern Mountain Whites' in American racial history and poetics.

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From Jewish publishers to Appalachian poets, this cultural study reveals the role of 'Southern Mountain Whites' in American racial history and poetics.

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"The Social Life of Poetry makes a significant contribution to the contemporary study of race and place as it historically maps the cultural circulation of works by four poets writing about Appalachia. Not only does this book fill a gap in recent whiteness studies, it also offers valuable insights and specific examples for anyone working on such topics as cultural pluralism, modernist literary networks, U.S. publishing history, poetry s rhetoric, identity politics, and intersections of race and class. In this incisive exploration of geographic cultural politics, Green has given us a comprehensive model for rigorously studying the social life and material history of regional poetry in relation to national circuits of production, distribution, and reception." - Steven Mailloux, President s Professor of Rhetoric, Loyola Marymount University

"In this masterful assessment of the role of poets and poetry in social discourse, Green has much to say about regionalism, cultural pluralism, and racial politics in the ever-shifting intellectual movements and publishing trends of the 1930s and 1940s, and about the peculiar place of Appalachians within those far-removed worlds. Never have we seen the mountain South and its literature portrayed on so large a canvas or in so compelling a context. A provocative, insightful and utterly original contribution to both Appalachian and American Studies." - John C. Inscoe, Professor of History, University of Georgia, and Author of Race, War and Remembrance in the Appalachian South

"Green's book opens a window on a compelling and forgotten terrain in modern culture - the relationship between east coast modernism and the mountains of Appalachia. He deals powerfully with cultural interchanges and with Appalachia's own literary productivity, culminating in a beautiful chapter on Don West." - Cary Nelson, Author of No University is and Island: Saving Academic Freedom

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230610934
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Series:
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Green is Associate Professor of English at Marshall University. He has edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology (2006) and co-edited Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction (2006), a collection of scholarly essays.

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