Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering

Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering



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Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering by Jacqueline Vaught Brogan

Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering pays to a sample of women poets through a variety of critical approaches shaped in the deep soil of the Americas, including the poetics of Elizabeth Bishop, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Emily Dickinson, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Audre Lorde, and others. Through provocative critical readings keyed to the inventiveness of their respective subjects, literary scholars like Charles Altieri, Maria Dolores Bolivar, Martine Watson Brownley, Margaret Dickie, Susan McCabe and a dozen others reveal the suppleness of poetic language to represent the multifold realities of experience and its cultural origins. This dynamic range of poets and theoretical frameworks enables researchers, teachers, and other readers to expand their knowledge of American literature by and about women according to individual interests and needs.

By presenting this volume as both a celebration of poetry and as a literary reference tool, Jacqueline Vaught Brogan and Cordelia Candelaria seek to contribute a balance of passionate engagement and scholarly analysis to the transnational conversation about the hemisphere's literary multiplicity, especially its gendered and hybrid diversity. Acclaimed Mexican feminist poet Rosario Castellanos recognized this potential of poetry in the early decades of the twentieth century when she stressed that the very essence of poetry is the balancing of passion and reason in the service of human justice. The essays in Women Poets of the Americas seek this balance, individually and collectively, in distinctive ways. They also promote appreciation of the hemisphere's abundant cultural heritage and multilingual literature.

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ISBN-13: 9780268019563
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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