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The Big Question (Poets on Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

David Lehman's second book in the Poets on Poetry series confirms his stature as one of our leading literary figures. He is also a literary critic with a rare ability to elucidate thorny ideas and controversial issues in a way that is both entertaining and instructive.

The Big Question leads off with a major essay explaining and exploring the concept of postmodernism. The next sections include pieces about poetry and fiction, lives and letters, and criticism and controversy.

Other "big questions" addressed include political correctness, the genre of literary biography, academic life and deconstruction. There is a humorous piece on poetry "slams" and the whole "downtown" poetry scene, a feisty op-ed column (on the deconstruction of the Gettysburg Address), a pair of wickedly satirical poems, as well as a group of exceptional book reviews.

The subjects covered range from Philip Larkin to Philip Roth- from the greatest poetry hoax of the twentieth century (which took place in Australia during World War II) to Charles Dickens's unfinished last novel- and from nineteenthth-century American poetry to the political career of Martin Heidegger.

David Lehman is a poet and author of Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man. He is series editor of the celebrated Best American Poetry anthology.

Synopsis:

Uncommon perspectives on postmodernism, political correctness, and poetry slams

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472065837
Author:
Lehman, David
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American
Subject:
Books
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Lehman, David
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Poets on Poetry (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 16
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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