The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry

The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry

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The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry offers a historical and theoretical account of avant-garde women poets in America from the 1910s through the 1990s. Elisabeth Frost focuses on a diverse group of poets--Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Howe, and Harryette Mullen--who make language the site of feminist politics. Her study captures the range of aesthetics and politics in the work of avant-garde women poets; challenges the ways in which avant-garde writing has been defined and categorized; expands traditional conceptions of feminism and feminist poetics; and addresses issues of gender and race, allowing for discussion of a rich range of feminist and linguistic concerns.
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  • Electronic book text | 275 pages
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587294346
  • 9781587294341

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"[I]f this book makes one thing clear, it's that the avant-garde is not something you decide to put on like a new dress; instead it is an active and necessary response to a historical and aesthetic moment. In other words, the strength of these writers is that they will never occupy a center, a 'main' stream. Instead their poems make audible the polyglot rumbling and roaring on the periphery."--Women's Review of Books
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About Elizabeth Frost

Elisabeth Frost is an associate professor of English at Fordham University.
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