How to Live/What to Do

How to Live/What to Do : H.D.'s Cultural Poetics

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Adalaide Morris removes the work of the iconic poet, dramatist, and novelist H.D. from compartments into which it has historically been placed. As she examines the \u0022ongoingness\u0022 of H.D.'s writing, Morris makes an eloquent and compelling case for a consideration of poems--all poems--as forms of cultural mediation, instructive historical documents that engage the reader in wide-ranging contemporary debates and use their acoustical richness to generate tangible cultural effects. As she argues in this volume, the writing and, crucially, the reading of poetry is a process in which meaning is produced by the interplay of words on a page and in the ear of the reader. Morris shows H.D. to be a playful linguistic innovator whose writings bear on debates in science, technology, and cinema as well as on poetry. Foremost, however, H.D. was a profound reshaper of the boundaries and possibilities of poetry, a generative form that, as this book shows, can indeed serve the cultural work of survival and resistance against the violence of modern culture.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 163.1 x 233.7 x 23.9mm | 562.46g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252027965
  • 9780252027963

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"Simply superb. Morris's style is almost as great a pleasure as the impact of her ideas. It is amazing how much she can bring into imaginative and intellectual play, holding and complicating one layer of thought with another, and building to a remarkable sense of intellectual density and expansiveness." --- Eileen Gregory, author of H.D. and Hellinism: Classic Linesshow more

About Adalaide Morris

Adalaide Morris is John C. Gerber Professor of English at the University of Iowa and, most recently, the coeditor of New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories.show more

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