The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry

The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry gives readers a cutting-edge introduction to the kaleidoscopic world of American poetry over the last century. Offering a comprehensive approach to the debates that have defined the study of American verse, the twenty-five original essays contained herein take up a wide array of topics: the influence of jazz on the Beats and beyond; European and surrealist influences on style; poetics of the
disenfranchised; religion and the national epic; antiwar and dissent poetry; the AIDS epidemic; digital innovations; transnationalism; hip hop; and more. Alongside these topics, major interpretive perspectives such as Marxist, psychoanalytic, disability, queer, and ecocritcal are incorporated. Throughout, the
names that have shaped American poetry in the period-Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Sterling Brown, Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Posey, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, Larry Eigner, and others-serve as touchstones along the tour of the poetic landscape.
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  • Paperback | 734 pages
  • 170 x 245 x 39mm | 1,186g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 illus.
  • 019020415X
  • 9780190204150
  • 1,901,558

Table of contents

List of Contributors ; Part I ; 1. A Century of Innovation: American Poetry from 1900 to the Present ; Cary Nelson ; Part II ; 2. Social Texts and Poetic Texts: Poetry and Cultural Studies ; Rachel Blau DuPlessis ; 3. American Indian Poetry at the Dawn of Modernism ; Robert Dale Parker ; 4. "Jeweled Bindings": Modernist Women's Poetry and the Limits of Sentimentality ; Melissa Girard ; 5. Hired Men and Hired Women: Modern American Poetry and the Labor Problem ; John Marsh ; 6. Economics and Gender in Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore ; Linda A. Kinnahan ; 7. Poetry and Rhetoric: Modernism and Beyond ; Peter Nicholls ; 8. Cezanne's Ideal of "Realization": A Useful Analogy for the Spirit of Modernity in American Poetry ; Charles Altieri ; 9. Stepping Out, Sitting In: Modern Poetry's Counterpoint with Jazz and the Blues ; Edward Brunner ; 10. Out With the Crowd: Modern American Poets Speaking to Mass Culture ; Tim Newcomb ; 11. Exquisite Corpse: Surrealist Influence on the American Poetry Scene, 1920-1960 ; Susan Rosenbaum ; 12. Material Concerns: Incidental Poetry, Popular Culture, and Ordinary Readers in Modern America ; Mike Chasar ; 13. "With Ambush and Stratagem": American Poetry in the Age of Pure War ; Philip Metres ; 14. The Fight and the Fiddle in Twentieth-Century African American Poetry ; Karen Jackson Ford ; 15. Asian American Poetry ; Josephine Park ; 16. "The Pardon of Speech": The Psychoanalysis of Modern American Poetry ; Walter Kalaidjian ; 17. American Poetry, Prayer, and the News ; Jahan Ramazani ; 18. The Tranquilized Fifties: Forms of Dissent in Postwar American Poetry ; Michael Thurston ; 19. The End of the End of Poetic Ideology, 1960 ; Al Filreis ; 20. Fieldwork in New American Poetry: From Cosmology to Discourse ; Lytle Shaw ; 21. "Do our chains offend you?": The Poetry of American Political Prisoners ; Mark W. Van Wienen ; 22. Disability Poetics ; Michael Davidson ; 23. Green Reading: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and Environmental Criticism ; Lynn Keller ; 24. Transnationalism and Diaspora in American Poetry ; Timothy Yu ; 25. "Internationally Known": The Black Arts Movement and U.S. Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop ; James Smethurst ; 26. Minding Machines / Machining Minds: Writing (at) the Human-Machine Interface ; Adalaide Morris ; Index
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Assembling thought-provoking essays that encompass a vast range of poetry and poetics, The Oxford Handbook succeeds admirably at offering readers some of the best current approaches to reading modern and contemporary American poetry ... It is hard to envision a volume that would better take account of the present state of criticism and scholarship of American poetry. Stephen Fredman, Modern Language Review
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Assembling thought-provoking essays that encompass a vast range of poetry and poetics, The Oxford Handbook succeeds admirably at offering readers some of the best current approaches to reading modern and contemporary American poetry ... It is hard to envision a volume that would better take account of the present state of criticism and scholarship of American poetry. * Stephen Fredman, Modern Language Review *
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About Cary Nelson

Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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