Synopses & Reviews
In this collection, fourteen essayists break new ground by focusing on a new generation of postmodern poets who are clearly indebted to John Ashbery's work. This concentration on Ashbery's influence on contemporary American poetry provides new methods for interpreting and understanding his poetic achievement.
"The perspectives of scholars and poet-critics engage each other here in a provocative combination of exemplary cultural criticism, historically informed close readings, and theoretical sophistication. . . . The Tribe of John contributes significantly to how we understand both Ashbery and, more broadly, the complex dynamics of influence."—Alan Golding, University of Louisville
"The Tribe of John is an impressive book that makes an important contribution to the understanding both of John Ashbery's work and of the cultural contexts at work in the making of contemporary American poetry. Susan Schultz has done a superb job of assembling an interesting, stimulating book."—Hank Lazer, The University of Alabama
These essays focus on the new generation of postmodern poets who are indebted to Ashbery's work.
About the Author
Susan M. Schultz is an assistnat professor of English at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She has published three chapbooks of poetry, including Another Childhood (Leave Books, 1993). Her essays on modern and comtemporary American poetry have appeared in Raritan, Arizona Quarterly, Sagetrieb, and elsewhere. In 1992 she was president of the Hawaii Literary Arts Council.