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The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry


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Alex Davis, Lee M. Jenkins, David Ayers, Paul Peppis, Peter Nicholls, Christanne Miller, Lawrence Rainey, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Anne Fogarty, Drew Milne, Bonnie Costello, Mark Scroggins, Sharon L. Jones, Jahan Ramazani, Jason Harding
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521618151


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  • This 2007 Companion offers the most comprehensive overview available of modernist poetry, its forms, its major authors and its contexts. The first part explores the historical and cultural contexts and sexual politics of literary modernism and the avant garde. The chapters in the second part concentrate on individual authors and movements, while the concluding part offers a comprehensive overview of the early reception and subsequent canonisation of modernist poetry. As well as insightful readings of canonical poets, the Companion features extended discussions of poets whose importance is now being increasingly recognised, such as Mina Loy, poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and postcolonial poets in the Caribbean, Africa and India. While modernist poets are often thought of as difficult, these essays will help students to understand and enjoy their experimental, playful and fascinating responses to contemporary social and cultural change and their dialogue with the arts and with each other.

    • The most comprehensive book for students about modernist poetry, its history and its style
    • Each author, topic or movement discussed is clearly covered in a useful guide to further reading
    • Includes chapters on Pound, Eliot, Yeats, Moore and Stevens
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    "...a book that can be recommended warmly to scholars and students alike."
    -Douglas Kerr, University of Hong Kong, English Literature in Transition

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521618151
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alex Davis and Lee M. Jenkins
    Part I. Contexts:
    1. Modernist poetry in history David Ayers
    2. Schools, movements and manifestoes Paul Peppis
    3. The poetics of modernism Peter Nicholls
    4. Gender, sexuality and the modernist poem Christanne Miller
    Part II. Authors and Alliances:
    5. Pound or Eliot: whose era? Lawrence Rainey
    6. HD and revisionary mythmaking Rachel Blau DuPlessis
    7. Yeats, Ireland, modernism Anne Fogarty
    8. Modernist poetry in the British Isles Drew Milne
    9. US modernism I. Moore, Stevens and the modernist lyric Bonnie Costello
    10. US modernism II. The other tradition: Williams, Zukofsky, Olson Mark Scroggins
    11. The poetry of the Harlem Renaissance Sharon L. Jones
    12. Caliban's modernity: postcolonial poetry of Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean Jahan Ramazani
    Part III. Receptions:
    13. Modernist poetry and the canon Jason Harding
    Guide to further reading

  • Editors

    Alex Davis, University College Cork

    Lee M. Jenkins, University College Cork


    Alex Davis, Lee M. Jenkins, David Ayers, Paul Peppis, Peter Nicholls, Christanne Miller, Lawrence Rainey, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Anne Fogarty, Drew Milne, Bonnie Costello, Mark Scroggins, Sharon L. Jones, Jahan Ramazani, Jason Harding

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