Guy Davenport: Postmodernism and After

Guy Davenport: Postmodernism and After

by Andre Furlani


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Guy Davenport (1927-2005), an American writer of fiction, poetry, criticism, and essays, a translator, painter, intellectual, and teacher, brought a breadth and depth of knowledge to his pursuits that few other writers could approach, let alone appraise. In Andre Furlani, this twentieth-century American master has finally found an apt critical reader. In this first sustained critical study of Davenport, Furlani elucidates the depths of Davenport's fiction and its poetic precedents, brings a rare understanding to the author's reworking of twentieth-century literature and intellectual history, and offers unusual insight into his compositional technique.

Furlani explores key themes across the spectrum of Davenport's fiction: pastoral utopia; twentieth-century dystopia; sexual ethics; the mythologizing of childhood; the inseparability of the archaic and the modern; and a celebration of the union of sophia, eros, and poesia. Whether Davenport's view of art and the cosmos should be called "postmodern" is a question that Furlani considers closely—offering, finally, a new aesthetic for this American original who, in these pages, at last receives the thorough and meticulous attention he has long merited.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810123892
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Series: Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andre Furlani is an associate professor in the English department at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction: For Davenport
1. Invention of the Archaic
2. The Prose Ideogram
3. "By Pan": Eclogues
4. To Write Paradise
5. Everything Could Be Otherwise, Too
6. "This Too Can Be Shown": Sexuality
7. Postmodern to Metamodern

Index of Figures
Index of Works by Guy Davenport

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