The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat

The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat

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The Once and Future Muse presents the first major study of the life and work of Dominican-born bilingual American poet and translator Rhina P. Espaillat (b. 1932). Beginning with her literary celebrity as the youngest poet ever inducted into the Poetry Society of America, it traces her relative obscurity after 1952 when she married and took on family and employment responsibilities, to her triumphant return to the poetry spotlight decades later when she reclaimed her former prestige with a series of award-winning poetry collections.
            The authors define Espaillat's place in American letters with attention to her formalist aesthetics, Hispanic Caribbean immigrant background, poetic community building, bilingual ethos, and domestically minded woman-of-color feminism. Addressing the temporality of her oeuvre—her publishing before and after the splitting of American literature into distinct ethnic segments—this work also highlights the demands that the social transformations of the 1960s placed on literary artists, critics, and readers alike.

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ISBN-13: 9780822983484
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/13/2018
Series: Latinx and Latin American Profiles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nancy Kang is assistant professor of multicultural and diaspora literatures at the University of Baltimore. She is coeditor of The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott.

Silvio Torres-Saillant is professor of English and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University. He is the author of Caribbean Poetics; Introduction to Dominican Blackness; and An Intellectual History of the Caribbean, among other works.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction One: A Feeling, A Beat, and An Image Two: Genealogies of Sensibility Three: Locations of Identity: Craft, Ethnicity, and Americanness Four: Multicultural Imperatives, Difference, and American Promise Five: Quiet Revolution: Domesticity and Creation Stories Six: The Spirit in the Wound: Decaying Bodies and Poetic Thanatopsis Seven: Toward a Critical Consensus Eight: Ever-Widening Circles: A Poetics of Inclusion Works Cited Index

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