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  • Intricate Thicketby Mark Scroggins

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    In Intricate Thicket: Some Late Modernist Poetries , Mark Scroggins writes with wit and dash about a fascinating range of key twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets and writers. In nineteen lively and accessible essays, he persuasively argues that the innovations of modernist verse were not replaced by postmodernism, but rather those innovations... more...

  • Physics Envyby Peter Middleton

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 36.00

    At the close of the Second World War, modernist poets found themselves in an increasingly scientific world, where natural and social sciences claimed exclusive rights to knowledge of both matter and mind. Following the overthrow of the Newtonian worldview and the recent, shocking displays of the power of the atom, physics led the way, with other disciplines... more...

  • The Ecology of Modernismby Joshua Schuster

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    In The Ecology of Modernism , Joshua Schuster examines the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution. He posits that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission.   In his opening passage, Schuster... more...

  • Ghostly Figuresby Ann Keniston

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    From Sylvia Plath?s depictions of the Holocaust as a group of noncohering ?bits? to AIDS elegies? assertions that the dead posthumously persist in ghostly form and Susan Howe?s insistence that the past can be conveyed only through juxtaposed ?scraps,? the condition of being too late is one that haunts post-World War II American poetry. This is a poetry... more...

  • Poetic Machinationsby Michael Golston

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 59.99

    The shape, lineation, and prosody of postmodern poems are extravagantly inventive, imbuing their form with as much meaning as their content. Through a survey of American poetry and poetics from the end of World War II to the present, Michael Golston traces the proliferation of these experiments to a growing fascination with allegory in philosophy,... more...

  • The Poetics of Information Overloadby Paul Stephens

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; Not Available

    Information overload is a subject of vital, ubiquitous concern in our time. The Poetics of Information Overload reveals a fascinating genealogy of information saturation through the literary lens of American modernism. Although technology has typically been viewed as hostile or foreign to poetry, Paul Stephens outlines a countertradition within... more...

  • The Point Is To Change Itby Jerome McGann

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    A preeminent critic maps the frontier of contemporary poetry. In this book, Jerome McGann argues that contemporary language-oriented writing implies a marked change in the way we think about our poetic tradition on one hand and in the future of criticism on the other. He focuses on Walter Benjamin and Gertrude Stein as important intellectual resources... more...

  • Everybody's Autonomyby Juliana Spahr

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 24.95

    Experimental texts empower the reader by encouraging self-governing approaches to reading and by placing the reader on equal footing with the author. Everybody's Autonomy is about reading and identity.   Contemporary avant garde writing has often been overlooked by those who study literature and identity. Such writing has been perceived as... more...

  • The State of the Artby David Lehman

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 24.95

    The acclaimed annual, The Best American Poetry , is the most prestigious showcase of new poetry in the United States and Canada. Each year since the series began in 1988, David Lehman has contributed a foreword, and this has evolved into a sort of state-of-the-art address that surveys new developments and explores various matters facing poets and... more...

  • Walt Whitman's Selected Journalismby Walt Whitman; Douglas A. Noverr; Jason Stacy

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Long before he was a celebrated poet, Walt Whitman was a working journalist. By the time he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855, Whitman had edited three newspapers and published thousands of reviews, editorials, and human-interest stories in newspapers in and around New York City. Yet for decades, much of his journalism has been... more...