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The dream and the dialogue : Adrienne Rich's feminist poetics

Author: Alice Templeton
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Adrienne Rich's poetry has long engaged critics in questions about the nature of poetic art, the character of poetic tradition, and the value of poetry as a political and cultural activity. At the same time, it has attracted many general readers, largely because it expresses the personal, social, and intellectual crises faced by feminists during the last thirty years. In this study, Alice Templeton looks at the ways  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Adrienne Rich; Adrienne Rich; Adrienne Rich; Adrienne Cecile Rich; Adrienne Cécile Rich
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Templeton
ISBN: 0870498592 9780870498596
OCLC Number: 30701076
Description: 193 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A Feminist Poetics --
1. The Lyric Self in a Feminist Moment --
2. Epic, Eulogy, Lyric: Diving into the Wreck, Poems 1971-1972 --
3. The Dream and the Dialogue: The Dream of a Common Language, Poems 1974-1977 --
4. A Feminist Hermeneutics: A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, Poems 1978-1981 --
5. Burning the Premises Down: Your Native Land, Your Life, Poems (1986) --
6. A Feminist Ethics: Time's Power, Poems 1985-1988 --
7. The Material and the Dream: An Atlas of the Difficult World, Poems 1988-1991 --
Conclusion: Hermeneutics, Ethics, Poetics.
Responsibility: Alice Templeton.

Abstract:

Adrienne Rich's poetry has long engaged critics in questions about the nature of poetic art, the character of poetic tradition, and the value of poetry as a political and cultural activity. At the same time, it has attracted many general readers, largely because it expresses the personal, social, and intellectual crises faced by feminists during the last thirty years. In this study, Alice Templeton looks at the ways in which feminist thinking has influenced Rich's poetics while, simultaneously, her poetic practice has shaped her feminist conceptions. Templeton begins by exploring the tensions between epic, eulogistic, and lyric claims made in the poems collected in Diving into the Wreck (1973). She then examines the strategies Rich uses in subsequent collections to test and refine her feminist thinking. Templeton focuses, in particular, on the "dialogic moments" of cultural participation that Rich's poetry provides for the poet and the reader. These "moments," Templeton argues, can dispel myths of social determinism even as they implicate readers in an ethically charged communal bond. By demonstrating the contributions that Rich has made both to feminist thinking and to our ways of reading poetic tradition, The Dream and the Dialogue treats Rich as a poet of ideas and places her work solidly in the context of contemporary literary theory.

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