Democracy in Contemporary U.S. Women's Poetry

Hardcover | September 15, 2007

byNicky Marsh

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This book supplements existing narratives of feminist poetry by examining how contemporary women poets have interrogated what it means to be public. It draws on recent debates in democratic theory and third-wave feminism to explore the work of women poets as varied as Susan Howe, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Harryette Mullen and Leslie Scalapino. It examines how these poets offer a critique of the normative conventions of U.S democracy, particularly its assumptions about public and private, and use their writing, and its cultural structures, to model alternatives to them.

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This book supplements existing narratives of feminist poetry by examining how contemporary women poets have interrogated what it means to be public. It draws on recent debates in democratic theory and third-wave feminism to explore the work of women poets as varied as Susan Howe, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Harryette Mullen and Leslie Sca...

Nicky Marsh works in English at the University of Southampton. She is the Director of Southampton's Centre for Contemporary Writing and has articles in journals including College English, New Formations, Feminist Review and Modern Fiction Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.6 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230600263

ISBN - 13:9780230600263

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Table of Contents

Becoming Public * Paper Money and Tender Acts: Feminism and Democracy * The Poetics of Privacy: Writing the Lyric Self * Against the Outside: The Publics of Language Poetry * Go Grrrl: Democracy and Counter Culture * Romantic Materialism and Emerging Poets

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"This book offers a set of ingenious readings of an unusual grouping of women poets, most of whom have been insufficiently studied and are now set in juxtaposition with each other in highly productive and illuminating ways. Comparison of Hejinian and Scalapino along the axis of public/private and spatiality/personhood, which underlies debates about citizenship is a juxtaposition that has an opportunity to become a foundational reading in secondary literature on women language poets. The careful readings of Spahr and Jarnot were quite moving and insightful. A strong and welcome contribution to the field."--Maria Damon, University of Minnesota