The Past That Poets Make

Hardcover | June 4, 1981

byHarold Toliver

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This is an analysis of the literary art of recapturing the past as the artist perceives it. By clearly distinguishing different ways of creating a past--in fiction, history, and other arts--Toliver enriches our understanding of literary strategies.

The Past that Poets Make examines such questions as how a fictional narrative differs from other ways of seeing a past time; to what extent literature is nontemporal, transcending its time, and to what extent it is tied to the institutions and traditions of its era; how given works conjure up a sense of time; and how fictional narratives function as transmitters of ideas to societies prepared to absorb them.

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This is an analysis of the literary art of recapturing the past as the artist perceives it. By clearly distinguishing different ways of creating a past--in fiction, history, and other arts--Toliver enriches our understanding of literary strategies. The Past that Poets Make examines such questions as how a fictional narrative differs...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.94 inPublished:June 4, 1981Publisher:Harvard University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674656768

ISBN - 13:9780674656765

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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. MODELS OF HISTORICAL RETRIEVAL

1. The Wayward Temporality of Literature

2. Recurrence, Institution, and Literary Kind

II. REVIVALS AND CONTINUITY

3. Poetic Recollection and the Phantomized Past

4. Ancestral Gloom and Glory

III. DISCONTINUITY

5. Milton's Siege of Contraries: Universal Waste and Redemption

6. Questers in an Icy Elysee: Moderns without Ancestry

IV. LITERARY HISTORY?

7 Ceres and the Librarians of Babel

Notes

Index