Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms by Anita PattersonRace, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms by Anita Patterson

Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms

byAnita Patterson

Paperback | July 14, 2011

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Modernist poetry crosses racial and national boundaries. The emergence of poetic modernism in the Americas was profoundly shaped by transatlantic contexts of empire-building and migration. In this ambitious 2008 book, Anita Patterson examines cross-currents of influence among a range of American, African American and Caribbean authors. Works by Whitman, Poe, Eliot, Pound and their avant-garde contemporaries served as a heritage for black poets in the US and elsewhere in the New World. In tracing these connections, Patterson argues for a renewed focus on intercultural and transnational dialogue in modernist studies. This bold and imaginative work of transnational literary and historical criticism sets canonical American figures in fascinating contexts and opens up readings of Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, and Aime Cesaire. This book will be of interest to scholars of American and African American literature, modernism, postcolonial studies, and Caribbean literature.
Title:Race, American Literature and Transnational ModernismsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:July 14, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521349567

ISBN - 13:9780521349567

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Table of Contents

Introduction: towards a comparative American poetics; 1. Transnational topographies in Poe, Eliot, and St.-John Perse; 2. Hybridity and the New World: Laforgue, Eliot, and the Whitmanian poetics of the Frontier; 3. From Harlem to Haiti: Langston Hughes, Jacques Roumain, and the Avant-Gardes; 4. Signifying modernism in Wilson Harris's Eternity to Season; 5. Beyond apprenticeship: Derek Walcott's passage to the Americas; Epilogue; Bibliography.

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"Challenging the traditional categorization of literature on the basis of national or ethnic identity, Patterson argues that ideas like "transnationalism" and "cultural hybridity" are often more useful than labels like "postcolonial," "black," and "American."...This interesting book should spark further debate. Summing up: Recommended."
-G. Grieve-Carlson, Choice