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The American Poetry Wax Museum: Reality Effects, 1940-1990 (Refiguring English Studies) #2019

The American Poetry Wax Museum Reality Effects Refiguring English Studies Oscillating between documentary and polemic The Americans Poetry Wax Museum is a study of the canonizing assumptions and obsessions that animate postwar American poetry Highly public literary controv

  • Title: The American Poetry Wax Museum: Reality Effects, 1940-1990 (Refiguring English Studies)
  • Author: Jed Rasula
  • ISBN: 9780814101377
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The American Poetry Wax Museum: Reality Effects, 1940-1990 (Refiguring English Studies) By Jed Rasula, Oscillating between documentary and polemic, The Americans Poetry Wax Museum is a study of the canonizing assumptions and obsessions that animate postwar American poetry Highly public literary controversies, such as the Pound affair of 1949, or the anthology wars of the early 1960s, are chronicled in a precise, detailed, and theoretically inflected account that redefinesOscillating between documentary and polemic, The Americans Poetry Wax Museum is a study of the canonizing assumptions and obsessions that animate postwar American poetry Highly public literary controversies, such as the Pound affair of 1949, or the anthology wars of the early 1960s, are chronicled in a precise, detailed, and theoretically inflected account that redefines the project of literary history Rasula s analysis moves from the rise of New Criticism, through the ascendancy of Robert Lowell and confessional poetics, into the current period of multiculturalism and the avant garde provocations of the language poets Drawing upon an impressive array of sources ranging from the history of museum display to the institutional and cultural processes by which American poets have been canonized Rasula combines literary criticism, cultural studies, and social history in an analysis that works to disrupt prevailing myths about poets and poetry in the public sphere and in the academy This innovative and irreverent book, second in NCTE s Prefiguring English Studies series, will be an important resource not only for scholars of the period but for writers and teachers of poetry as well It stands as an invitation for all of us to consider what it means to assemble and police a national canon of poetry.

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    1. An important, dense, complex and driven bunch of criticism This is quite a tome, so there s no way my review will be representative, but here s a few greatest hits and notes The driving force here is canon TAPWMis instigated by what Rasula calls the culture brokers and the protective custody of the cannon and the contradictory nature of the poetry special forces the notion that, the further from the secular, and the academically organizationally santioned, the museumified, damaged, unchecked, [...]

    2. Should be read by anyone trying to reconsider their reading habits or the reading habits the canons being instilled in them Love, also, that Rasula ends with a call to consider works in their original contexts and to resist writing for anthologies, the poetic hall of fame To write beyond one s immediate context is to erode the ground you have to stand on, to begin the amputation of one s own voice Goodbye Frederick Goodbye Fairfax Goodbye Leonardtown Goodbye Lafayette

    3. Lots of interesting stuff going on, but the book is a bit baggy and tendentious and dates itself slightly But I want to look at rasula s other critical work for sure.

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