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History, Memory, and the Literary Left : Modern American Poetry, 1935-1968

By: Lowney, John.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Contemp North American Poetry: Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2006Description: 1 online resource (304 p.).ISBN: 9781587297335.Subject(s): American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Depressions -- 1929 -- United States | Poets, American -- 20th century -- Political and social views | Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Right and left (Political science) in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: History, Memory, and the Literary Left : Modern American Poetry, 1935-1968DDC classification: 811.509358 | 811/.509358 LOC classification: PS310PS310.P6 L68 2006PS310.P6L68 2006Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments and Permissions; 1. The Janitor's Poems of Every Day: American Poetry and the 1930s; 2. Buried History: The Popular Front Poetics of Muriel Rukeyser's The Book of the Dead; 3. Allegories of Salvage: The Peripheral Vision of Elizabeth Bishop's North & South; 4. Harlem Disc-tortions: The Jazz Memory of Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred; 5. A Reportage and Redemption: The Poetics of African American Countermemory in Gwendolyn Brooks's In the Mecca; 6. A Metamorphic Palimpsest: The Underground Memory of Thomas McGrath's Letter to an Imaginary Friend
7. The Spectre of the 1930s: George Oppen's Of Being Numerous and Historical AmnesiaNotes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: In this nuanced revisionist history of modern American poetry, John Lowney investigates the Depression era's impact on late modernist American poetry from the socioeconomic crisis of the 1930s through the emergence of the new social movements of the 1960s. Informed by an ongoing scholarly reconsideration of 1930s American culture and concentrating on Left writers whose historical consciousness was profoundly shaped by the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, Lowney articulates the Left's challenges to national collective memory and redefines the importance of late modernism in American literary history.  The late modernist writers Lowney studies most closely---Muriel Rukeyser, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Thomas McGrath, and George Oppen---are not all customarily associated with the 1930s, nor are they commonly seen as literary peers. By examining these late modernist writers comparatively, Lowney foregrounds differences of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and social class and region while emphasizing how each writer developed poetic forms that responded to the cultural politics and socioaesthetic debates of the 1930s. In so doing he calls into question the boundaries that have limited the scholarly dialogue about modern poetry.  No other study of American poetry has considered the particular gathering of careers that Lowney considers. As poets whose collective historical consciousness was profoundly shaped by the turmoil of the Depression and war years and the Cold War's repression or rewriting of history, their diverse talents represent a distinct generational impact on U.S. and international literary history.
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Contents; Acknowledgments and Permissions; 1. The Janitor's Poems of Every Day: American Poetry and the 1930s; 2. Buried History: The Popular Front Poetics of Muriel Rukeyser's The Book of the Dead; 3. Allegories of Salvage: The Peripheral Vision of Elizabeth Bishop's North & South; 4. Harlem Disc-tortions: The Jazz Memory of Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred; 5. A Reportage and Redemption: The Poetics of African American Countermemory in Gwendolyn Brooks's In the Mecca; 6. A Metamorphic Palimpsest: The Underground Memory of Thomas McGrath's Letter to an Imaginary Friend

7. The Spectre of the 1930s: George Oppen's Of Being Numerous and Historical AmnesiaNotes; Bibliography; Index

In this nuanced revisionist history of modern American poetry, John Lowney investigates the Depression era's impact on late modernist American poetry from the socioeconomic crisis of the 1930s through the emergence of the new social movements of the 1960s. Informed by an ongoing scholarly reconsideration of 1930s American culture and concentrating on Left writers whose historical consciousness was profoundly shaped by the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, Lowney articulates the Left's challenges to national collective memory and redefines the importance of late modernism in American literary history.  The late modernist writers Lowney studies most closely---Muriel Rukeyser, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Thomas McGrath, and George Oppen---are not all customarily associated with the 1930s, nor are they commonly seen as literary peers. By examining these late modernist writers comparatively, Lowney foregrounds differences of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and social class and region while emphasizing how each writer developed poetic forms that responded to the cultural politics and socioaesthetic debates of the 1930s. In so doing he calls into question the boundaries that have limited the scholarly dialogue about modern poetry.  No other study of American poetry has considered the particular gathering of careers that Lowney considers. As poets whose collective historical consciousness was profoundly shaped by the turmoil of the Depression and war years and the Cold War's repression or rewriting of history, their diverse talents represent a distinct generational impact on U.S. and international literary history.

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