Fables of the Self

Fables of the Self

by Rosanna Warren


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Fables of the Self by Rosanna Warren

A landmark work—part personal narrative, part critical exploration—by a distinguished American poet.Fables of the Self traces ideas of imagined selfhood through the lyric poetry of classical Greece and Rome, the modernist poetry of France, and modern and contemporary English and American lyrics. Rosanna Warren's work emerges from the tradition of British and American poet-critics such as William Empson, Donald Davie, and Randall Jarrell. Her readings of Sappho, Virgil, Baudelaire, Melville, Rimbaud, Mark Strand, and Louise Glück, among others, combine Helen Vendler's passionate attention to detail and something of Harold Bloom's panoramic view. Warren opposes both the literalizing, autobiographical approach to self in so-called confessional poetry and the other extreme of avant-garde erasures of self. Framing her critical studies between a memoir of childhood and a concluding journal entry, Warren has composed an occult autobiography, showing the imagination as a transfiguring and potentially moral force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393066135
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rosanna Warren, the author of four collections of poetry, has received awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters and has won the Lamont Poetry Prize. She teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago.

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