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The Obligation Toward the Difficult Whole: Postmodernist Long Poems (Modern and Contemporary Poetics)

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Addressing subjects as wide-ranging as angelology, the court masque, pop art, caricature, the cult of the ruin, hip-hop, Spenser's Irish policy, and the aesthetics of silence, Brian McHale pulls varied threads together to identify a repertoire of postmodernist elements characteristic of the long poems he examines.

As critic Jed Rasula explains, "McHale is wonderfully resourceful in changing the subject from chapter to chapter to fit the poems discussed, and while his approach adheres to the conventions of textual exegesis, the chapters really shine as orchestrations of issues. For instance, James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover works unexpectedly well in raising the subject of found poetry and procedural composition; Melvin Tolson's Harlem Gallery and Edward Dorn's Gunslinger are effectively paired to demonstrate the period flavor of pastiche; Geoffrey Hill's Mercian Hymns and Armand Schwerner's The Tablets explode the modernist fixation with depth; John Ashbery's work is given a nuanced reading as proto-theory; Letter to an Imaginary Friend by Thomas McGrath provides a lucid backdrop to raise the question of political efficacy in approaching language poet Bruce Andrews; and Susan Howe's The Europe of Trusts is explored for its intertextual tapestry."

McHale shows how elements from these long poems overlap, interfere, pull in different directions, jar against, and even contradict each other; and he demonstrates how they also echo, amplify, and reinforce each other. They do not slot smoothly together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, but they do form (what else?) a difficult whole.

 

 

Synopsis:

A smart, eclectic analysis of nine long poems written by postmodernist poets both familiar and unfamiliar, canonical and marginalized.

About the Author

Brian McHale is Professor of English at Ohio State University, coeditor of the journal Poetics Today, and author of Postmodernist Fiction and Constructing Postmodernism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817350376
Editor:
Bernstein, Charles
Editor:
Lazer, Hank
Author:
McHale, Brian
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Location:
Tuscaloosa
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Postmodernism
Subject:
Literary form
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern & Contemporary Poetics
Series Volume:
no. 55
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
314
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A smart, eclectic analysis of nine long poems written by postmodernist poets both familiar and unfamiliar, canonical and marginalized.

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