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The Cambridge History of American Poetry

The Cambridge History of American Poetry

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Stephen Burt Edited by Alfred Bendixen
Cambridge University Press, 11/30/2014
EAN 9781107003361, ISBN10: 1107003369

Hardcover, 750 pages, 23.5 x 16.8 x 5.2 cm
Language: English

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.

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.