The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens is a major American poet and a central figure in modernist studies and twentieth-century poetry. This Companion introduces students to his work. An international team of distinguished contributors presents a unified picture of Stevens' poetic achievement. The Introduction explains why Stevens is among the world's great poets and offers specific guidance on how to read and appreciate his poetry. A brief biographical sketch anchors Stevens in the real world and illuminates important personal and intellectual influences. The essays following chart Stevens' poetic career and his affinities with both earlier and contemporary writers, artists, and philosophers. Other essays introduce students to the peculiarity and distinctiveness of Stevens' voice and style. They explain prominent themes in his work and explore the nuances of his aesthetic theory. With a detailed chronology and a guide to further reading, this Companion provides all the information a student or scholar of Stevens will need.
- Online resource | 213 pages
- 28 May 2007
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction John N. Serio; 1. Wallace Stevens: a likeness Joan Richardson; 2. Stevens and Harmonium Robert Rehder; 3. Stevens in the 1930s Alan Filreis; 4. Stevens and the supreme fiction Milton J. Bates; 5. Stevens' late poetry B. J. Leggett; 6. Stevens and his contemporaries James Longenbach; 7. Stevens and Romanticism Joseph Carroll; 8. Stevens and philosophy Bart Eeckhout; 9. Stevens' seasonal cycles George S. Lensing; 10. Stevens and the lyric speaker Helen Vendler; 11. Stevens and linguistic structure Beverly Maeder; 12. Stevens and painting Bonnie Costello; 13. Stevens and the feminine Jacqueline Vaught Brogan; 14. Stevens and belief David R. Jarraway; Guide to further reading; Index.
"This is an excellent one-volume introduction to the work of Wallace Stevens, suitable not only for studetns of literature but also for students of cultural studies and philosophy interested in one of teh most important figures of modernism." - Steven Schroeder, Chicago, Illinois, Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas
About John N. Serio
John N. Serio is Professor of Humanities at Clarkson University, New York.