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Title:
Repression and recovery : modern American poetry and the politics of cultural memory, 1910-1945
Author:
Nelson, Cary.
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Publication Information:
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xiii, 336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780299123406
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS310.M57 N45 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This is an important and welcome addition--or corrective--to most available histories of American poetry between 1910 and 1945. Nelson argues that our "cultural memory" of poetry in this century is in fact forgetful, and he shows how and why. His book brings to the fore a huge number of texts that for one reason or another have been repressed in reading, scholarship, and teaching. This project of "recovery" is attended by a salutary theoretical argument for a new view of the moral and political responsibilities of doing literary history. His argument is effectively interwoven with discussions of many interesting texts, especially by African Americans, women, and assorted leftists. It should perhaps come as no surprise that the principles by which these texts have been excluded are political ones: Nelson shows how "poetry is continually articulated and rearticulated in terms of power." If the book has a fault, it is that Nelson tends at times to fall into a kind of traditional historicism that seems to contradict his arguments about power. But despite this, the book is a major intervention and readily accessible to most readers. It is beautifully illustrated and offers a scrupulous scholarly apparatus. -P. Smith, Carnegie-Mellon University


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