Exploring the work of writers like William Morris, Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein, as well as Laura Riding and Bob Brown, he shows how each exploits the visibilities of language, often by aligning their work with older traditions of so-called Adamic language. McGann argues that in modernist writing, philosophical nominalism emerges as a key aesthetic point of departure. Such writing thus develops a pragmatic and performative "answer to Plato" in the matter of poetry's relation to truth and philosophy.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
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About the Author
Jerome McGann, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is well known for his unique approach to printed texts as historical and physical artifacts. His many books include A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (Virginia).
Table of Contents
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|Introduction: Modernism and the Renaissance of Printing, with Particular Reference to the Writing of Yeats, Stein, and Dickinson||3|
|Pt. 1||A Revolution of the Word||43|
|1||"Thing to Mind": The Materialist Aesthetic of William Morris||45|
|2||Composition as Explanation (of Modern and Postmodern Poetries)||76|
|Pt. 2||Dichtung und Wahrheit||119|
|3||The Truth of Poetry. An Argument||121|
|4||The Poetry of Truth. A Dialogue (on Dialogue)||151|