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Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms: 155 (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, Series Number 155)

Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms: 155 (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, Series Number 155)

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Anita Patterson
Cambridge University Press, 4/10/2008
EAN 9780521884051, ISBN10: 0521884055

Hardcover, 248 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Modernist poetry crosses racial and national boundaries. The emergence of poetic modernism in the Americas was profoundly shaped by transatlantic contexts of empire-building and migration. In this ambitious book, Anita Patterson examines cross-currents of influence among a range of American, African American and Caribbean authors. Works by Whitman, Poe, Eliot, Pound and their avant-garde contemporaries served as a heritage for black poets in the US and elsewhere in the New World. In tracing these connections, Patterson argues for a renewed focus on intercultural and transnational dialogue in modernist studies. This bold and imaginative work of transnational literary and historical criticism sets canonical American figures in fascinating contexts and opens up readings of Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, and Aime Cesaire. This book will be of interest to scholars of American and African American literature, modernism, postcolonial studies, and Caribbean literature.

Introduction
towards a comparative American poetics
1. Transnational topographies in Poe, Eliot, and St.-John Perse
2. Hybridity and the New World
Laforgue, Eliot, and the Whitmanian poetics of the Frontier
3. From Harlem to Haiti
Langston Hughes, Jacques Roumain, and the Avant-Gardes
4. Signifying modernism in Wilson Harris's Eternity to Season
5. Beyond apprenticeship
Derek Walcott's passage to the Americas
Epilogue
Bibliography.

Review of the hardback: 'In her epilogue, Patterson sums up the objectives of her book: among others, 'to question prevailing assumptions about regional, national and ethnic subdivisions of American literature'. She indeed succeeds in achieving many of these goals and is able to present new interpretations of an important topic.' Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies