A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry

A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry


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A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry by Linda A. Kinnahan

A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry explores the genealogy of modern American verse by women from the early twentieth century to the millennium. Beginning with an extensive introduction that charts important theoretical contributions to the field, this History includes wide-ranging essays that illuminate the legacy of American women poets. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered verse of such diverse poets as Edna St Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Audre Lorde. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History also devotes special attention to the lasting significance of feminist literary criticism. This book is of pivotal importance to the development of women's poetry in America and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107137561
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Linda Kinnahan is Professor of English and Hillman Distinguished Chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her publications on American and British poetry include Poetics of the Feminine: Authority and Literary Tradition in William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Fraser (Cambridge, 1994) and Lyric Interventions: Feminism, Experimental Poetry, and Contemporary Discourse.

Table of Contents

1. Critical mapping I: the category of 'woman poet': an introduction, by way of mapping Linda Kinnahan; 2. Critical mapping II: reading American poetry by women Rachel Blau DuPlessis; 3. Chronology I: American women poets, 1900-50 Cristanne Miller; 4. Chronology II: American women poets, 1950-2000 Jeanne Heuving; 5. Native American women poets Jennifer Andrews; 6. Asian American women poets Juliana Chang; 7. Chicana/Latina women poets Cordelia Chávez Candelaria; 8. African American women poets Emily R. Rutter; 9. Jewish American women poets Kathryn Hellerstein; 10. The world split open: feminism, poetry, and social critique Nancy Berke; 11. Little magazines and the gendered, racialized discourse of women's poetry Suzanne W. Churchill; 12. The WP network: anthologies and affiliations in contemporary American women's poetry Marsha Bryant; 13. High, low, and somewhere in-between: women's poetry and popular culture in modern America Michael Chasar; 14. 'At the edge of what we know': gender and environment in American poetry Margaret Ronda; 15. Token women, male movements, and literary history's feminist shadow Elizabeth Savage; 16. Lineages and legacies: real and imagined Deborah M. Mix; 17. Crossing geographies, crossing languages Ann Vickery; 18. Women's 'spiritualities' Romana Huk; 19. Forgiving the sonnet: modernist women's love poetry and the problem of sentimentality Melissa Girard; 20. The 'do it yourself' avant-garde: American women poets and experiment Susan Rosenbaum; 21. Visual poetics Elisabeth A. Frost; 22. Poetry and technology Alex Goody; 23. Post-millennial women's poetry Lisa Sewell.

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