Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture by Andrew EpsteinAttention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture by Andrew Epstein

Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture

byAndrew Epstein

Hardcover | July 28, 2016

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Attention Equals Life examines why a quest to pay attention to daily life has increasingly become a central feature of both contemporary American poetry and the wider culture of which it is a part. Drawing on theories and debates about the nature of everyday life from a number of fields acrossthe humanities, this book traces the modern history of this preoccupation and consider why it is so much with us today. Attention Equals Life argues that it is no coincidence that a potent hunger for everyday life explodes in the post-1945 period. This deep cultural need should be seen as a reaction to the rapid and dislocating cultural, political, and social transformations of this epoch, which have resulted in aculture of perilous distraction, interruption, and fragmented attention. The book argues that poetry is an important, and perhaps unlikely, cultural form that has mounted a response, and even method of resistance, to a culture gradually losing its capacity to pay attention. It examines why acompulsion to represent the everyday becomes predominant in the decades after modernism, why it has so often led to unusual, challenging projects and formal innovation, and why poetry, in particular, might be an everyday-life genre par excellence. The book considers the variety of forms this preoccupation takes, and examines its aesthetic, philosophical, and political ramifications. By exploring the use of innovative strategies, unusual projects, and new technologies as methods of attending to dailiness, Attention Equals Life uncovers animportant strain at the heart of twentieth and twenty-first century literature.

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Andrew Epstein is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Florida State University. He is the author of Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry.
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Title:Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199972125

ISBN - 13:9780199972128

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