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Partisans and Poets The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War by Mark W. van (Augustana College, South Dakota) Wienen

Partisans and Poets The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War


Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series


Partisans and Poets The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War by Mark W. van (Augustana College, South Dakota) Wienen

Partisans and Poets explores the popular poetries which interacted with American political culture during World War I. Studying the interplay between poets, political groups and social transformation, the book draws upon archival materials to explore poetry used by the Woman's Peace Party, the Industrial Workers of the World, the NAACP, and The Vigilantes, a patriotic writers' syndicate. Van Wienen describes how poetry in mainstream newspapers and major-press anthologies bolstered dominant, nationalist ideologies, and demonstrates how pacifist and socialist verse mobilised minority groups contending for hegemonic power. While recovering the work of several forgotten modern poets - women, blacks, pacifists, patriots, and radicals - the book asserts that wartime poetry engaged in complex negotiations with specific and often dangerous political and historical circumstances.


A rich and full view of a period that combines important social critique and historical perspective, this volume also rescues a sizeable body of poetry from obscurity.

B. Adler, Choice Readers interested in revisonist narratives of modernism, intersections of culture and politics, or the history of dissent in the United States will welcome Mark Van Wienen's new study of American poetry during the Great War. This well-researched project explores a wide range of fascinating and original sources.... ...this is a boldly polemical and original study that is certainly worth the attention of scholars of the twentieth century.

Caren Irr, American Literature of the best cultural studies of poetry I have ever read.

American Studies

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Publication date

30th April 2009


Mark W. van (Augustana College, South Dakota) Wienen

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Cambridge University Press


332 pages


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



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