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Attention equals life : the pursuit of the everyday in contemporary poetry and culture

Author: Andrew Epstein
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Attention Equals Life examines why a quest to pay attention to daily life has increasingly become a central feature of both contemporary American poetry and the wider culture of which it is a part.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Epstein
ISBN: 9780199972128 0199972125
OCLC Number: 1014171752
Awards: Winner of 2017 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE Shortlist, Modernist Studies Association Book Prize 2017.
Description: 1 v. (XI-364 p.) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: the poetics of everyday life since 1945 ; The crisis of attention, everyday life theory, and contemporary poetry ; "Each day so different, yet still alike": James Schuyler and the elusive everyday ; "Tthe tiny invites attention": A.R. Ammons's quotidian muse ; Writing the maternal everyday: Bernadette Mayer and her "daughters" (Hoa Nguyen, Susan Holbrook, Laynie Browne) ; "There is no content here, only dailiness": poetry as critique of everyday life in Ron Silliman's Ketjak ; Everyday life projects in contemporary poetry and culture (Kenneth Goldsmith, Claudia Rankine, Brenda Coultas, Harryette Mullen) ; Conclusion: Claudia Rankine's citizen and beyond.
Other Titles: Pursuit of the everyday in contemporary poetry and culture
Responsibility: Andrew Epstein.
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