Whitman S Queer Children: America's Homosexual Epics (BOK)

Catherine A. Davies

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Davies examines the work of four of the most important twentieth-century poets who have explored the epic tradition. Some of the poems display an explicit concern with ideas of American nationhood, while others emulate the formal ambitions and encyclopaedic scope of the epic poem. The study undertakes extensive close readings of Hart Cranes The Bridge (1930), Allen Ginsbergs Howl (1956) and The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-71 (1972), James Merrills The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), and John Ashberys Flow Chart (1991). Although not primarily an account of a Whitmanian lineage, this book considers Whitmans renegotiation of the dialectic between the public and the private as a context for the project of the homosexual epic, arguing for the existence of a genealogy of epic poems that rethink the relationship between these two spheres. If, as Bakhtin suggests, the job of epic is to accomplish the task of cultural, national, and political centralization of the verbal-ideological world, the idea of the homosexual epic fundamentally problematizes the traditional aims of the genre.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Catherine A. Davies
ISBN 9781441192622
Antall sider 232 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 513 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: general, Literary studies: poetry & poets