Poetic Memory: The Forgotten Self In Plath, Howe, Hinsey, And Glück by Uta GosmannPoetic Memory: The Forgotten Self In Plath, Howe, Hinsey, And Glück by Uta Gosmann

Poetic Memory: The Forgotten Self In Plath, Howe, Hinsey, And Glück

byUta Gosmann

Hardcover | December 23, 2011

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How do poems remember? What kinds of memory do poems register that factual, chronological accounts of the past are oblivious to? What is the self created by such practices of memory? To answer these questions, Uta Gosmann introduces a general theory of "poetic memory," a manner of thinking that eschews simple-minded notions of linearity and accuracy in order to uncover the human subject's intricate relationship to a past that it cannot fully know. Gosmann explores poetic memory in the work of Sylvia Plath, Susan Howe, Ellen Hinsey, and Louise Glück, four American poets writing in a wide range of styles and discussed here for the first time together. Drawing on psychoanalysis, memory studies, and thinkers from Nietzsche and Benjamin to Halbwachs and Kristeva, Gosmann uses these demanding poets to articulate an alternative, non-empirical model of the self in poetry.
Uta Gosmann received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Bonn and the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot. She was awarded fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for graduate study at SUNY Buffalo and Yale University. Her critical writing and translations of poetry have appeared in publications...
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Title:Poetic Memory: The Forgotten Self In Plath, Howe, Hinsey, And GlückFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.48 × 6.39 × 0.81 inPublished:December 23, 2011Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Sylvia Plath: Re-membering the Colossus Chapter 3 2. Susan Howe's Nonconformist Memorials Chapter 4 3. Spacing the Past in Ellen Hinsey's Cities of Memory Chapter 5 4. Psychoanalyzing Persephone: Lousie Glück's Averno 6 Epilogue 7 Notes 8 Bibliography 9 Index

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This book is one of the sternest yet most generous accounts of contemporary poetry yet to be written. The sensibility behind it is at once delicate and hard-nosed. The author is a rare being-someone with strong theoretical leanings who also loves the texture of poetic language. Gosmann argues that poetic memory eschews simple-minded notions of linearity and accuracy in order to uncover the human subject's intricate relationship to a past that in the most fundamental sense it cannot fully know. She attends to the poems of each of these poets, so different from one another, with pristine devotion: she can reinvigorate our interest in Plath's most well-known poems and ignite our interest in a fine poet, Hinsey, whom readers may not yet have read. No one has written about Howe's historiographic enterprise so clearly; no one has written about Glück's relationship to psychoanalysis with such unidealized precision. The book has something for everyone-no, something more: to come to this book with an interest in, say, Howe, is to realize that one must also be interested in Glück. Very few books about contemporary art bring together what might seem to be mutually exclusive materials so convincingly.