The Poetics of Fascism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Paul de Man

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPaul Morrison

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Morrison examines the legacy of the modernist poetics of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, as it relates to current theoretical orthodoxies, and traces its influence on the current crisis in post-structural literary theory. Morrison reads the politics of post-structural theory in relation to thesocio-cultural arguments espoused in the poetry and prose by Pound and Eliot, and reveals a continuity between that theory and high modernism's tendency towards fascism. Without reducing the political implications of poetry to mere caricature and without slighting the force and fact of literarymediation, Morrison has produced a book that will reshape the discussion of the social dimension of modernism. He concludes with a provocative analysis of deconstruction and the work of Paul de Man, and makes a case for a new post-structural theory that can accommodate history.

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Morrison examines the legacy of the modernist poetics of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, as it relates to current theoretical orthodoxies, and traces its influence on the current crisis in post-structural literary theory. Morrison reads the politics of post-structural theory in relation to thesocio-cultural arguments espoused in the poetry ...

Paul Morrison is at Brandeis University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.49 × 6.42 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195080858

ISBN - 13:9780195080858

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"[Morrison] knows his business, is learned on fascism, is thoroughly conversant whith the records of Pound and Eliot, and argues plausibly for their influence on the welter of notions associated with postmodernism."--The Sewannee Review