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Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in "New American" Poetry

Authors: Mossin, A.

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Focusing in particular on pairings of writers within the larger grouping of poets, this book suggests how literary partnerships became pivotal to American poets in the wake of Donald Allen's 'New American Poetry' anthology.

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ANDREW MOSSIN is a nationally published poet and critic and is a faculty member at the Princeton Writing Seminar, USA.

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"Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in "New American" Poetry offers an important study of masculinity in postwar poetry, showing the close relationship of innovative form, community, and collaborative debate. Mossin s treatment of Duncan, Blaser, Olson, and Mackey complicates the politics of the lyric, seeing the form not as an unmediated access to identity but a site of socially inflected idiolects and gender indeterminacy. Building on key theoretical interrogations of gender performativity, Mossin explores the porous border between marginal identities and textual margins." - Michael Davidson, author of Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics

"This remarkable and at times brilliant book offers detailed case-studies not only to investigate the construction of maleness, but to open up the much wider territory invoked by vexed questions: the nature of translation, the nature and role of lyric, the formation of community in an intransigently provisional, polyvocal, and distressed world. Mossin threads his way through the complex entanglement of poetic career, male subjectivity, and formalist concerns, as much to teach us how to read these difficult and always interesting poets as to reach any tentative conclusions. Essential reading." - Peter Quartermain, author of Disjunctive Poetics from Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe and editor of the forthcoming Collected Poems and Plays of Robert Duncan

"For several decades now, feminist critics have investigated the silences and ruptures that paradoxically inhabit poetry written by women. Poet-critic Andrew Mossin turns his attention to the silences that fall on male poets as they embark on their careers. Like many of his feminist colleagues, and building on the important work on masculinity by Michael Davidson, Mossin finds that male poets find their way by constructing (often vexed) communities with other poets. His book accomplishes many things at once, offering the reader of contemporary American poetry rigorous scholarship; gender-based critiques; formal analysis; incisive close-readings of poetry by Olson, Duncan, Blaser, and Mackey; and an eloquent statement of his own poetics." - Susan M. Schultz, Professor of English, University of Hawai`i-Manoa


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-23

    Mossin, Andrew

  • “In Thicket”: Charles Olson, Poetic Career, and the Crisis of Cold War Masculinity

    Pages 25-64

    Mossin, Andrew

  • “Homosexual Advertising”: Gay Subjectivity, Modernist Form, and Robert Duncan’s The Venice Poem

    Pages 65-100

    Mossin, Andrew

  • In the Shadow of Nerval: Robert Duncan, Robin Blaser, and the Poetics of (Mis)Translation

    Pages 101-128

    Mossin, Andrew

  • Recovering the Public World: Robin Blaser, Hannah Arendt, and the Discourses of Self and Other in Image-Nations 1–12

    Pages 129-157

    Mossin, Andrew

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in "New American" Poetry
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10680-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230106802
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61732-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38034-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 235
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