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The American avant-garde tradition : William Carlos Williams, postmodern poetry, and the politics of cultural memory

Author: John Lowney
Publisher: Lewisburg, Pa. : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
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This book addresses how discourses of cultural nationalism and avant-gardism have structured the formation of American poetry canons. Examining William Carlos Williams's importance for postmodern poetry, it underscores how his literary reputation has figured prominently in recent reconsiderations of twentieth-century American literary history. The postmodern poets responding to Williams emphasize not only the
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Lowney, John, 1957-
American avant-garde tradition.
Lewisburg, Pa. : Bucknell university Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997
(OCoLC)631645332
Named Person: William Carlos Williams; William Carlos Williams; William Carlos Williams
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lowney
ISBN: 0838753337 9780838753330
OCLC Number: 34319422
Description: 175 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: canon formation, avant-gardism, and William Carlos Williams's literary reputation --
"A plot of ground": Williams's poetics of descent --
"To witness the words being born": Williams's poetics of dissent --
"Pure products": imitation, affiliation, and the politics of female creativity in Denise Levertov's poetry --
"Going to sleep with quandariness": the "post-anti-esthetic" poetics of Frank O'Hara --
"Words we have learned not to look at": George Oppen and Cold-War American culture.
Responsibility: John Lowney.

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This book clarifies William Carlos Williams's impact On postmodernist American poetry and poetics. Lowney especially concentrates on two pivotal periods of change in American national identity:  Read more...

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