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Contents Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Chronology Introduction Stephen Fredman 1 Wars I Have Seen Peter Nicholls American poets' response to war, with particular attention to Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, George Oppen, Susan Howe, and Lyn Hejinian. 2 Pleasure at Home: How Twentieth-Century American Poets Read the British David Herd How US poets responded and reacted to British poetry, in particular, Romanticism, focusing on Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Cleanth Brooks, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, and Adrienne Rich. 3 American Poet-teachers and the Academy Alan Golding Discusses the relationship between poets and the academy, with attention to Ezra Pound, the Fugitives, Charles Olson, the anthology wars, creative writing programs, African-American poetry, Charles Bernstein, and Language poetry. 4 Feminism and the Female Poet Lynn Keller and Cristanne Miller Twentieth-century poetry developed in the context of evolving feminist thought and activism, as demonstrated in the work of Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, H. D., Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Sonia Sanchez, and Harryette Mullen. 5 Queer Cities Maria Damon The relationship between gay urban sensibility and poetic form, with discussions of Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, Hart Crane, Frank O'Hara, Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, and Allen Ginsberg. 6 Twentieth-Century Poetry and the New York Art World Brian M. Reed Poetic responses to New York's avant-garde tradition in the visual arts, with attention to Mina Loy, William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, John Cage, John Ashbery, Jackson Mac Low, and Susan Howe. 7 The Blue Century: Brief Notes on Twentieth Century African-American Poetry Rowan Ricardo Phillips Discusses the effect that the blues and jazz have had on twentieth-century African-American poets, including Paul Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Gayl Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Michael Harper. 8 Home and Away: US Poetries of Immigration and Migrancy A. Robert Lee The ongoing arrival of populations from beyond US borders and internal migration, as reflected in poetry -- WASP to African American, Jewish to Latino/a, Euro-American to Native American. 9 Modern Poetry and Anticommunism Alan Filreis A survey of the complex association of modern poetry and American communism (and anti-communism), including discussions of Muriel Rukeyser, William Carlos Williams, Genevieve Taggard, Wallace Stevens, and Kenneth Fearing. 10 Mysticism: Neo-paganism, Buddhism, and Christianity Stephen Fredman Why mysticism appeals to American poets and how it affects their poetry, focusing upon Ezra Pound, H. D., T. S. Eliot, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, John Cage, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, and Fanny Howe. 11 Poets and Scientists Peter Middleton Shows how poets, including William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Wallace Stevens, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Ron Silliman, Myung Mi Kim, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge have responded to modern technology and the new sciences of physics and genetics. 12 Philosophy and Theory in US Modern Poetry Michael Davidson Addresses the role of ideas and theory in modern poetry, with examples drawn from Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, the New Critics, and many others. Index
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American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.