Ideological Content and Political Significance of Twentieth-century American Poetry (Studies in American Literature v.47)
By: John R. Woznicki (author)Hardback
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Freely drawing on philosophy, sociology, literary criticism and cultural studies to analyze poetics and rhetorical strategies and show the aesthetic responses of poets to a chaotic and confusing age, this book discusses the vital political movements of totalitarianism and utopian thought, in the context of modern poetry. It examines how the poetry of Ezra Pound, Charles Olson and the language poets both masks and transforms political thought. In its examination of political consciousness, this study will aid readers in deciphering meaning in texts that have often struck critics as arbitrary, nonsensical, frustrating and impenetrable.
INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER 1 TOTALITARIANISM'S PRESERVATION OF THE POETIC "I/EYE" 3 CHAPTER 2 THE "WHOLE" OF THE CANTOS: EZRA POUND'S TOTALITARIANISM 25 CHAPTER 3 OLSON'S (UNI)VERSE 85 CHAPTER 4 THE POLITICAL "WORLD" OF THE LANGUAGE POETS 151 CHAPTER 5 AFTERWORD(S) 215 NOTES 223 WORKS CITED 230 INDEX 241
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