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From Modernism to Postmodernism
American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century

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  • In this overview of twentieth-century American poetry, Jennifer Ashton examines the relationship between modernist and postmodernist American poetics. Ashton moves between the iconic figures of American modernism - Stein, Williams, Pound - and developments in contemporary American poetry to show how contemporary poetics, specially the school known as language poetry, have attempted to redefine the modernist legacy. She explores the complex currents of poetic and intellectual interest that connect contemporary poets with their modernist forebears. The works of poets such as Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery are explained and analysed in detail. This major account of the key themes in twentieth-century poetry and poetics develops important ways to read both modernist and postmodernist poetry through their similarities as well as their differences. It will be of interest to all working in American literature, to modernists, and to scholars of twentieth-century poetry.

    • A major account of the movements of modernism and postmodernism in American poetry
    • Shows how contemporary poets read, celebrate and recover modernists
    • Offers important insights into the work of Stein, Pound, Williams, Ashbery and Riding
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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511145063
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: modernism's new literalism
    1. Gertrude Stein for anyone
    2. Making the rose red: Stein, proper names and the critique of indeterminacy
    3. Laura (Riding) Jackson and the New Criticism
    4. Modernism's old literalism: Pound, Williams, Zukofsky and the objectivist critique of metaphor
    5. Authorial inattention: Donald Davidson's literalism, Jorie Graham's Materialism and cognitive science's embodied minds
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Jennifer Ashton, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Jennifer Ashton is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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