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Rae, Patricia, 1956-
Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997
|Named Person:||Wallace Stevens; Ezra Pound; T E Hulme; William James; Wallace Stevens; Ezra Pound; T E Hulme; William James; Wallace Stevens; Ezra Pound; T E Hulme; William James|
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|Description:||320 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Inspiration, Reflex-action, and Pragmatism --
1. Pragmatism and Imagism: The "New Classical" Poetics of T. E. Hulme. Romanticism and Classicism Revisited. Daylight Symbolism: Ribot, Bergson, and the conception ideale. The Pragmatic Turn: Jules de Gaultier and Le Bovarysme. The Line and the Fringe: The Pragmatic Function of Resemblance --
2. The "Image" and the Chess-Game: Ezra Pound's Vorticist Art. James and The Quest. Pound's Mysticism: "Real" Gods and the "Image" Provisional Symbolism: The Analogy as Hypothesis. Rendering the "Image": The "Interpretive Metaphor" Suggestions of Finality: Vorticist Painting and Sculpture --
3. Effacing the Muse: Inspiration and Virility in Wallace Stevens. Poetry and Manhood.
Patricia Rae's study, while accepting Rorty's view that there is philosophical solidarity between pragmatism and modernism, rejects his interpretation of both as forms of dogmatic skepticism. If pragmatism and modernism coincide, Rae argues, the case of these three writers suggests that the intersection lies not in a rejection of "truthfulness to experience" but in a cautious respect for it.
The keystone to this reinterpretation is an account of historical pragmatism in the work of William James, and of the continuity between his careers as a pragmatist and as a psychologist of "inspiration." Where Rortyan pragmatism is dogmatically skeptical and fictionalist, Jamesian pragmatism is cautiously optimistic. As Rae explains, this optimism stems from James's earlier efforts to describe religious inspiration in the discourse of empirical psychology.
The case studies of Hulme, Pound, and Stevens trace a similar arc from the theory of creative inspiration to expressive practice. They show that each writer represents the "muse" as an entity similar to James's liminal "divinity." They then explain how each writer regards the muse-figure as provisionally authoritative, and treats its edicts as "practical truths." Finally, they propose a connection between the writers' accounts of inspiration and the various styles of "hypothesis" in their work.
- American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
- Pragmatism in literature.
- Stevens, Wallace, -- 1879-1955 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Pound, Ezra, -- 1885-1972 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Hulme, T. E. -- (Thomas Ernest), -- 1883-1917.
- Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
- James, William, -- 1842-1910 -- Influence.
- Poetics -- History -- 20th century.
- Stevens, Wallace, -- 1879-1955 -- Critique et interprétation.
- Pound, Ezra, -- 1885-1972 -- Critique et interprétation.
- Poésie américaine -- 20e siècle -- Histoire et critique.
- Pragmatisme dans la littérature.
- Modernisme (Littérature) -- États-Unis.
- Stevens, Wallace -- (1879-1955) -- Critique et interprétation.
- Pound, Ezra -- (1885-1972) -- Critique et interprétation.
- Hulme, T. E. -- (1883-1917) -- Critique et interprétation.
- James, William -- (1842-1910) -- Critique et interprétation.