The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995 by Sacvan BercovitchThe Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995 by Sacvan Bercovitch

The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995

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IVolume 8, concerned with works of poetry and criticism written between 1940 and the present, brings together two different sets of materials and narrative forms: the aesthetic and the institutional. Discarding the traditional synoptic overview of major figures, von Hallberg, Graff, and Carton settle in favor of a history from the inside--a history of interstices and relations, equal to the task of considering the contexts of art, power, and criticism in which it is set.

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Sacvan Bercovitch, who is a professor at Harvard University, is probably the most influential critic in American studies today. Tracing the function of rhetoric in American writing from the Puritans through the nineteenth century, Bercovitch has argued that the persuasiveness of rhetoric is in proportion to its capacity to help people ...
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Title:The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.5 inPublished:March 29, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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Part I. Poetry, Politics, and Intellectuals Robert Von Hallberg: 1. The place of poetry in the Culture, 1945-1950; 2. Politics; 3. Rear-guards; 4. Avant-gardes; 5. Authenticity; 6. Translation; Conclusion: the place of poets 1995; Appendix I: Biographies of Poets; Part II. Criticism Since 1940 Evan Carton and Gerald Graff: Introduction; 1. Politics and American criticism; 2. The emergence of academic criticism; 3. The nationalising of the new criticism; 4. The canon, the academy, and gender; 5. Deconstruction and post-structuralism; 6. From textuality to materiality; 7. Cultural and historical studies; Conclusion: academic criticism and its discontents; Appendix II: Biographies of critics; Chronology 1940-1945; Bibliography.

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This book addresses the broad spectrum of new and established directions in all branches of American writing and will include the work of scholars and critics who have shaped, and who continue to shape, what has become a major area of literary scholarship.

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"...Sacvan Bercovitch's vision and engagement in getting the project of the new Cambridge History under way cannot be praised too highly" Winfried Fluck, American Studies