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The Cambridge History of American Poetry

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Alfred Bendixen, Stephen Burt, Betty Booth Donohue, Susan Castillo Street, Robert Daly, Jeffrey A. Hammond, Jim Egan, Kevin J. Hayes, Frank Gado, Christoph Irmscher, Eliza Richards, Virginia Jackson, Michael Cohen, Mary Loeffelholz, Faith Barrett, Ed Folsom, Wendy Martin, John D. Kerkering, Elizabeth Renker, Angela Sorby, David E. E. Sloane, Tyler Hoffman, John Timberman Newcomb, Siobhan Phillips, Charles Altieri, Bob Perelman, Cristanne Miller, Robin Schulze, Lesley Wheeler, George Lensing, Matthew Hofer, David Chioni Moore, Mark Scroggins, David Wojahn, Richard Flynn, Ernest Suarez, Stephen Fredman, Brian Reed, Nick Halpern, David Bergman, Roger Gilbert, Edward Brunner, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Reena Sastri, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, Lisa M. Steinman, Walton Muyumba, Willard Spiegelman, Joseph Thomas, Juliana Spahr
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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003361

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  • The Cambridge History of American Poetry offers a comprehensive exploration of the development of American poetic traditions from their beginnings until the end of the twentieth century. Bringing together the insights of fifty distinguished scholars, this literary history emphasizes the complex roles that poetry has played in American cultural and intellectual life, detailing the variety of ways in which both public and private forms of poetry have met the needs of different communities at different times. The Cambridge History of American Poetry recognizes the existence of multiple traditions and a dramatically fluid canon, providing current perspectives on both major authors and a number of representative figures whose work embodies the diversity of America's democratic traditions.

    • Deals with popular traditions, including humor and children's verse, as well as the established canon of major poets
    • Recognizes and explores the diversity of American experience and the multiple ways in which verse liberated American voices
    • Balances literary analysis and literary history, providing insights into individual poems and into the nature of our developing literary traditions
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    "… a physically imposing fifty-chapter book, consisting of more than 1300 densely packed pages and weighing almost four pounds. But this rather daunting volume turns out to be not just an essential addition to any serious poetry library but an exciting and absorbing reconceptualization of American poetry … The History has a lot of possible uses. Individual chapters could be very helpfully assigned to students in American literature classes. It will make a valuable reference work for when you suddenly need to figure out who the Connecticut Wits were. Scholars will find new ideas in the chapters dealing with their areas of expertise (or at least I did in Robin Schulze's discussion of Marianne Moore's cosmopolitanism). The book's greatest value, however, is in providing a series of orientations - detailed but manageable - to fifty different permutations of American poetry. For readers with the time, it is enormously satisfying to read it cover to cover: even the most knowledgeable reader will gain insight into the richness, variety, and surprising harmony of American poetry."
    Rachel Trousdale, Twentieth-Century Literature

    '… all a student would need to gain working knowledge of American poetry through the end of the last millennium. … Those looking for a roundup of the best late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century literary criticism on American poetry will find more gathered here than in any other single volume.' Elisa New, Modern Philology

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003361
    • length: 1326 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 168 x 52 mm
    • weight: 1.69kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt
    Part I. Beginnings: Poetry before 1800:
    1. Remembering Muskrat: native poetics and the American Indian oral tradition Betty Booth Donohue
    2. Rhyming empires: early American poetry in languages other than English Susan Castillo Street
    3. The world, the flesh, and God in puritan poetry Robert Daly
    4. Confronting death: the New England puritan elegy Jeffrey A. Hammond
    5. The emergence of a Southern tradition Jim Egan
    6. Poetry in the time of revolution Kevin J. Hayes
    Part II. A New Nation: Poetry, 1800–1900:
    7. Asserting a national voice Frank Gado
    8. The emergence of romantic traditions Alfred Bendixen
    9. Linen shreds and melons in a field: Emerson and his contemporaries Christoph Irmscher
    10. Edgar Allan Poe's lost worlds Eliza Richards
    11. Longfellow in his time Virginia Jackson
    12. Whittier, Holmes, Lowell and the New England tradition Michael Cohen
    13. Other voices, other verses: cultures of American poetry at midcentury Mary Loeffelholz
    14. American poetry fights the Civil War Faith Barrett
    15. Walt Whitman's invention of a democratic poetry Ed Folsom
    16. Emily Dickinson: the poetics and practice of autonomy Wendy Martin
    17. The South in Reconstruction: white and black voices John D. Kerkering
    18. The 'genteel tradition' and its discontents Elizabeth Renker
    19. Disciplined play: American children's poetry to 1920 Angela Sorby
    20. Dialect, doggerel, and local color: comic traditions and the rise of realism in popular poetry David E. E. Sloane
    21. Political poets and naturalism Tyler Hoffman
    Part III. Forms of Modernism, 1900–50:
    22. The twentieth century begins John Timberman Newcomb
    23. Robert Frost and tradition Siobhan Phillips
    24. T. S. Eliot Charles Altieri
    25. William Carlos Williams: the shock of the familiar Bob Perelman
    26. Finding 'only words' mysterious: reading Mina Loy (and H. D.) in America Cristanne Miller
    27. Marianne Moore and the printed page Robin Schulze
    28. The formalist modernism of Edna St Vincent Millay, Helene Johnson, and Louise Bogan Lesley Wheeler
    29. The romantic and anti-romantic in the poetry of Wallace Stevens George Lensing
    30. Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and the east coast projectivists Matthew Hofer
    31. Langston Hughes and his world David Chioni Moore
    32. The objectivists and the left Mark Scroggins
    33. 'All the blessings of this consuming chance': Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Theodore Roethke, and the middle generation poets David Wojahn
    34. Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, and the lost world of real feeling Richard Flynn
    35. Writing the South Ernest Suarez
    Part IV. Beyond Modernism: American Poetry, 1950–2000:
    36. San Francisco and the Beats Stephen Fredman
    37. The New York school Brian Reed
    38. The uses of authenticity: four sixties poets Nick Halpern
    39. James Merrill and his circles David Bergman
    40. Science in contemporary American poetry: Ammons and others Roger Gilbert
    41. The 1970s and the 'poetry of the center' Edward Brunner
    42. Latino poetry and poetics Rigoberto Gonzalez
    43. Psychoanalytic poetics Reena Sastri
    44. Asian American poetry Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
    45. American poetry of the 1980s: the pressures of reality Lisa M. Steinman
    46. Black and blues configurations: contemporary African American poetry Walton Muyumba
    47. Amy Clampitt, 'culture' poetry, and the neo-baroque Willard Spiegelman
    48. Modern and contemporary children's poetry Joseph Thomas
    49. Multilingualism in contemporary American poetry Juliana Spahr
    50. American poetry at the end of the millennium Stephen Burt.

  • Editors

    Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Alfred Bendixen teaches at Princeton University; he is the founder and executive director of the American Literature Association. Much of his scholarship focuses on the recovery of unjustly neglected literary texts and the exploration of neglected genres. He is the author of numerous books on American poetry and literature, including recent titles such as A Companion to the American Novel (2012); A Companion to the American Short Story (2010); and The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009), co-edited with Judith Hamera.

    Stephen Burt, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Stephen Burt is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University. His books of literary criticism and scholarship include The Art of the Sonnet (2010), with David Mikics; Close Calls with Nonsense (2009), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award; The Forms of Youth: 20th-Century Poetry and Adolescence (2007); and Randall Jarrell and his Age (2002), winner of the Warren-Brooks Award. He is also the author of three full-length books of poetry: Belmont (2013); Parallel Play (2006); and Popular Music (1999), winner of the Colorado Prize.

    Contributors

    Alfred Bendixen, Stephen Burt, Betty Booth Donohue, Susan Castillo Street, Robert Daly, Jeffrey A. Hammond, Jim Egan, Kevin J. Hayes, Frank Gado, Christoph Irmscher, Eliza Richards, Virginia Jackson, Michael Cohen, Mary Loeffelholz, Faith Barrett, Ed Folsom, Wendy Martin, John D. Kerkering, Elizabeth Renker, Angela Sorby, David E. E. Sloane, Tyler Hoffman, John Timberman Newcomb, Siobhan Phillips, Charles Altieri, Bob Perelman, Cristanne Miller, Robin Schulze, Lesley Wheeler, George Lensing, Matthew Hofer, David Chioni Moore, Mark Scroggins, David Wojahn, Richard Flynn, Ernest Suarez, Stephen Fredman, Brian Reed, Nick Halpern, David Bergman, Roger Gilbert, Edward Brunner, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Reena Sastri, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, Lisa M. Steinman, Walton Muyumba, Willard Spiegelman, Joseph Thomas, Juliana Spahr

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