Nations of Nothing But Poetry : Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing
What happens when poets combine vernacular language with the spirit of modernity? Can a poem be cosmopolitanism and vernacular at the same time? Nations of Nothing But Poetry answers these questions through case studies of Scottish, English, and "Black Atlantic" poetries from the landmark modernist year of 1922 through the mid 1970s. Hart combines discussions of canonical poets, such as T.S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, with chapters on key but lesser known poets noted for their unique and creative introduction of their native vernaculars, like Hugh MacDiarmid, Basil Bunting, and Melvin B. Tolson. Throughout, Hart puts forward a new interpretation of Anglophone modernist verse that disrupts the literary-critical conflict between "national" and "transnational" poetries. Describing how these poets make "synthetic vernacular" poems out of a disordered medley of formal and linguistic parts, this study explains how poetic modernism is shaped by the incompletely globalized nature of twentieth-century history.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 160 x 240 x 24mm | 521.63g
- 20 May 2010
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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As in the best of the revisionist strain of new modernist studies, Harts book elegantly reframes much that has been long known about big M modernism using a lot of little m judo. * Aaron Jaffe, Years Work in English Studies *
About Matthew Hart
Matthew Hart is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and he is the Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Literature.
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION 1; HUGH MACDIARMID'S NATIONALIST INTERNATIONALISM 94; BASIL BUNTING GOES HOME 146; T. S. ELIOT VERSUS E. K. BRATHWAITE 198; HARRYETTE MULLEN, MELVIN B. TOLSON AND THE; POLITICS OF AFRO-MODERNISM 263; EPILOGUE DENATIONALIZING MINA LOY 328