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Southern crossings : poetry, memory, and the transcultural South

Author: Daniel Cross Turner
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Offering new perspectives on a diversity of recent and still-practicing southern poets, from Robert Penn Warren and James Dickey to Betty Adcock, Charles Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, and others, this study brilliantly illustrates poetry's value as a genre well suited to investigating historical conditions and the ways in which they are culturally assimilated and remembered. Daniel Cross Turner sets  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Cross Turner
ISBN: 9781572338562 1572338563
OCLC Number: 768800667
Description: xxxii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Poetic historiophoty: filmic memory in Robert Penn Warren's Audubon : a vision --
2. Returning the "Undying cry of the void" : the changing condition of primal memory in James Dickey's poetry --
3. Many returns : forms of nostalgia in the poetry of the contemporary South --
4. Lost highways and ethereal landscapes : cartographic memory in the poetry of Charles Wright --
5. Ghostwriting the claims of the dead : traumatic memory in Yusef Komunyakaa's Verse --
6. Transourthern hybridities : the poetics of countermemory.
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"Offering new perspectives on a diversity of recent and still-practicing southern poets, from Robert Penn Warren and James Dickey to Betty Adcock, Charles Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, and others, this study brilliantly illustrates poetry's value as a genre well suited to investigating historical conditions and the ways in which they are culturally assimilated and remembered. Daniel Cross Turner sets the stage for his wide-ranging explorations with an introductory discussion of the famous Fugitive poets John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Donald Davidson and their vision of a "constant southerness" that included an emphasis on community and kinship, remembrance of the Civil War and its glorified pathos of defeat, and a distinctively southern (white) voice. Combining poetic theory with memory studies, he then shows how later poets, with their own unique forms of cultural remembrance, have reimagined and critiqued the idealized view of the South offered by the Fugitives. This more recent work reflects not just trauma and nostalgia but makes equally trenchant uses of the past, including historiophoty (the recording of history through visual images) and countermemory (resistant strains of cultural memory that disrupt official historical accounts). As Turner demonstrates, the range of poetries produced within and about the American South from the 1950s to the present helps us to recalibrate theories of collective remembrance on regional, national, and even transnational levels. With its array of new insights on poets of considerable reputation--six of the writers discussed here have won at least one Pulitzer Prize for poetry--Southern Crossings makes a signal contribution to the study of not only modern poetics and literary theory but also of the U.S. South and its place in the larger world."--Publisher description.

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