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From Modernism to Postmodernism American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century by Jennifer Ashton

From Modernism to Postmodernism American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series


From Modernism to Postmodernism American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century by Jennifer Ashton

In this overview of twentieth-century American poetry, Jennifer Ashton examines the relationship between modernist and postmodernist American poetics. Ashton moves between the iconic figures of American modernism - Stein, Williams, Pound - and developments in contemporary American poetry to show how contemporary poetics, specially the school known as language poetry, have attempted to redefine the modernist legacy. She explores the complex currents of poetic and intellectual interest that connect contemporary poets with their modernist forebears. The works of poets such as Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery are explained and analysed in detail. This major account of the key themes in twentieth-century poetry and poetics develops important ways to read both modernist and postmodernist poetry through their similarities as well as their differences. It will be of interest to all working in American literature, to modernists, and to scholars of twentieth-century poetry.

About the Author

Jennifer Ashton is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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Publication date

4th December 2008


Jennifer Ashton

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Cambridge University Press


212 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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