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The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive: Reforming American Verse and Values (Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History)

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In the wings of histories about the Progressive Era and literary modernism stands a cohort of individuals who promoted reform by popularizing poetry, working behind the scenes to create an institutional infrastructure to support authors who addressed the problems of contemporary life. In this engagingly written and thoroughly researched book, Lisa Szefel brings to center stage the story of these editors, anthologists, critics, and writers who believed that poetry reading facilitated self-knowledge and social justice. Situated between the genteel tradition and the avant garde, they linked creativity to moral obligation and, in doing so, refashioned American values and verse.

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The author states in the introduction and demonstrates throughout this intriguing study that "[t]he story of literary history in this era is not a triumphalist march of progress from effete Victorian verse to vigorous Modernist high culture." It is much more complicated than that and offers an opportunity to investigate the "trenchant links of aesthetics, ethics, and American society." Szefel (modern American history, Pacific U., Oregon) examines multiple facets of poetics and the poetic community, the labor theory of poetic value, the "New Beauty," gender codes and color lines, the economy of authorship, and Romantic individualism and radical politics in peace and war. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"In The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era, Lisa Szefel investigates the place of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry in transmitting ideas about political reform during the Progressive Era. It charts the work of poets, critics, and editors who created an institutional infrastructure of organizations, magazines, and prizes to nurture writers who addressed the problems wrought by unregulated industrial capitalism. Many of these figures were African Americans, women, and immigrants who forged literary networks and popularized political ideas that contributed in unrecognized ways to both the development of literary Modernism and a progressive articulation of rights"--

About the Author

Lisa Szefel is an Assistant Professor of Modern American History at Pacific University in Oregon.

Table of Contents

Genteel Designs, Modern Renovations: Poetics and Poetic Communities from Hearth to Dynamo * Reforming Verse, Uplifting Society: The Labor Theory of Poetic Value * Curating A Community, Engineering A Renaissance: A New Infrastructure for the “New Beauty” * Rescripting Gender Codes, Redrawing the Color Line: Anthologies and The Dream of Aesthetic Universalism * Paring Words, Crafting Images: The Economy of Authorship in the Literary Marketplace * Romantic Individualism, Radical Politics: Lyric Solidarity in Peace and War

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230112841
Author:
Szefel, Lisa
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes: 7 pgs illus
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.67 x 5.77 x 0.87 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "In The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era, Lisa Szefel investigates the place of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry in transmitting ideas about political reform during the Progressive Era. It charts the work of poets, critics, and editors who created an institutional infrastructure of organizations, magazines, and prizes to nurture writers who addressed the problems wrought by unregulated industrial capitalism. Many of these figures were African Americans, women, and immigrants who forged literary networks and popularized political ideas that contributed in unrecognized ways to both the development of literary Modernism and a progressive articulation of rights"--
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