Pastoral, Pragmatism, and Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Pastoral, Pragmatism, and Twentieth-Century American Poetry

by A. Mikkelsen


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In the first expansive study of American pastoral since Leo Marx's The Machine in the Garden , Mikkelsen reinvigorates discussion of this literary mode as a form of cultural commentary whose subjects extend beyond the simple or rustic life to encompass the major social, economic, and political transformations of the past century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230105836
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Series: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ann Mikkelsen is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at Vanderbilt University and has taught at Harvard, University of California, Irvine, and Florida State University. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, the Journal of Modern Literature, and College Literature. Currently, she is working on an interdisciplinary project on the concept of empathy in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

• Pastoral Ideology and the Pragmatic Response
• Tramp Culture and the Cult of Pan: Robert Frost’s Pastoral of Class Mobility
• “The Truth About Us”: Pastoral, Pragmatism, and William Carlos Williams’s Paterson
“Fat!  Fat!  Fat!  Fat!”:  Wallace Stevens’s Figurations of Masculinity
• “The Mooring of Starting Out”: John Ashbery’s Pastoral Origins
• American Pastoral Futures

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