Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem by Robert KernOrientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem by Robert Kern

Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem

byRobert Kern

Paperback | March 19, 2009

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Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem is a critical and historical interpretation of "Oriental" influences on American modernist poetry. Kern equates Fenollosa and Pound's "discovery" of Chinese writing with the American pursuit of a natural language for poetry, what Emerson had termed the "language of nature." Through analysis and contextualization, Kern sheds light on the three contemporary nexuses of his search: the cultural study of Orientalism and the West, the evolution of Indo-European linguistic theory, and the intellectual tradition of American modernist poetry.
Title:Orientalism, Modernism, and the American PoemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521105552

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the European hallucination; 2. Emerson and the language of nature; 3. Character assassination: representing Chinese in nineteenth-century linguistics; 4. Otto Jesperson and Chinese as the future of language; 5. Language in its primary use: Fenollosa and the Chinese character; Interchapter: Pound, Emerson, and the poetics of creative reading; 6. Modernising Orientalism/Orientalising modernism: Ezra Pound, Chinese translation, and English-as-Chinese; 7. Seeing the world without language: Gary Snyder and Chinese as American speech.

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"...a valuable contribution to modernist scholarship." Paideuma