Modern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

byJustin Read

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With the rise of globalization, the American hemisphere has been integrated economically and politically. But what is the role of culture in this new integration? To what extent do the Americas share a common culture? This book starts from the premise that cultural conflict is inherent to all American cultures. Thus, the only way to study national cultures hemispherically is to examine the inter-cultural collisions both between American nations, and within them. Through readings of key 20th century texts, Read argues that such conflicts form a distinctly poetic process. Modernist and vanguardista poets sought to make the language of cultural conflict – translation – into a concrete reality in its own right, the language of the Americas.

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With the rise of globalization, the American hemisphere has been integrated economically and politically. But what is the role of culture in this new integration? To what extent do the Americas share a common culture? This book starts from the premise that cultural conflict is inherent to all American cultures. Thus, the only way to st...

Justin Read is a Mexican-American from Riverside, CA. He is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), specializing in twentieth century poetry, architecture, and theory of the Americas. His work has appeared in Modernism/Modernity, the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Luso...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.38 × 5.66 × 0.75 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230615961

ISBN - 13:9780230615960

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Enter the Cannibal:  Dependency, Migration, and Textuality in William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All * The Reversible World:  America as Dissonance in Mário de Andrade’s Paulicéia desvairada * Verse Reverse Verse:  Fake Autobiographies, Lost Translations, and New Originals of Vicente Huidobro’s Altazor * Alien Sedition: Anti-Semitism and Censorship in The Cantos of Ezra Pound * Bibliography

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“Read's Modern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies accomplishes two interdependent aims. The book provides a theoretically informed rationale for the recent ‘hemispheric turn’ in American Cultural Studies. It also explains the crucial role that the poetics of translation has played in the emergence of the new field of Hemispheric American Cultural Studies.”--Donald E. Pease, Jr., Professor of English and Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities, Dartmouth College