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American Poetic Materialism from Whitman to Stevens by Mark (Georgia State University) Noble
  

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American Poetic Materialism from Whitman to Stevens by Mark (Georgia State University) Noble

In American Poetic Materialism from Whitman to Stevens, Mark Noble examines writers who rethink the human in material terms. Do our experiences correlate to our material elements? Do visions of a common physical ground imply a common purpose? Noble proposes new readings of Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, George Santayana and Wallace Stevens that explore a literary history wrestling with the consequences of its own materialism. At a moment when several new models of the relationship between human experience and its physical ground circulate among critical theorists and philosophers of science, this book turns to poets who have long asked what our shared materiality can tell us about our prospects for new models of our material selves.

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'... Mark Noble offers an impressive reading of the materialist imaginations of Walt Whitman (1819-92), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), George Santayana (1863-1952), Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), and other poets, philosophers, and scientists. ... Noble's work represents a serious engagement and wrestling with materialist philosophies and American poetics ... Noble presents a history of complex and fluid materialisms. Noble traces a complex subject, but he presents his argument with clarity - often previewing and re-summarizing his claims, and with humor ... I recommend American Poetic Materialism to a range of scholars - from those interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry to historians of physics and modern science to anyone engaged in the emerging critical conversations about materialism.'
James M. Cochran, Nineteenth Century Studies Association

About the Author

Mark Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University, where he teaches American literature and critical theory. He received his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Noble's essays have been published in American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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Publication date

15th December 2014

Author

Mark (Georgia State University) Noble

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Hardback
242 pages

Categories

Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: general

ISBN

9781107084506

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