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Wallace Stevens And The Demands Of Modernity: Toward A Phenomenology Of Value
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|April 5, 2013

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Charles Altieri, one of our foremost analysts of modernism, has in his recent work argued for the importance of the affects, which philosophy has too long subordinated to cognition and ethics. In Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity , Altieri focuses his…
The Fate Of Difficulty In The Poetry Of Our Time

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The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time offers original readings of poems composed in this century—poems that are challenging to follow, challenging to understand, challenging to discuss, and challenging to enjoy. Difficult poetry of the past…
Every Day but Tuesday
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|November 3, 2015

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Every Day But Tuesday is a book of lyric experiments amassed from a space beyond ordinary time, where "this is tomorrow and the sun" stands, reverberating both as precursor and postscript to the apocalypse. The extraordinary world of these poems, coming from the…
Reckoning with the Imagination: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Literary Experience

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Much current theorizing about literature involves efforts to renew our sense of aesthetic values in reading. Such is the case with new formalism as well as recent appeals to the notion of "surface reading." While sympathetic to these efforts, Charles Altieri…
Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry: The Contemporaneity of Modernism

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Charles Altieri's groundbreaking new book sets modernist American poetry in a precise cultural context by analyzing how major poets reacted to the challenge posed by modernist painting's radical critique of traditional representational models for art. It argues…
The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After

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Written by a leading critic, this invigorating introduction to modernist American poetry conveys the excitement that can be generated by a careful reading of modernist poems. Encourages readers to identify with the modernists’ sense of the revolutionary…
The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects
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|December 8, 2003

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This brilliant, penetrating, and ambitious book by a well-known literary theorist studies the complex relationship between the emotions on the one side and literary works and paintings on the other. A central aim of Charles Altieri's is to rescue our…