The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century by Michael DavidsonThe San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century by Michael Davidson

The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century

byMichael Davidson

Paperback | June 28, 1991

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Though the term "San Francisco Renaissance" is usually associated with the Beat movement, it was in reality a collage of different communities, often at odds with one another, whose agendas were social and political as much as aesthetic. These subcommunities provided important contexts for subsequent counterculture developments such as gay liberation, feminism, and the New Left long before those movements attracted widespread public attention. In his study of these various impulses Michael Davidson devotes chapters to central figures such as Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Duncan, William Everson, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Jack Spicer. He also examines the important but largely neglected context of women writers in a period dominated by misogynistic views. His final chapter brings things up to date by looking at developments in the Bay Area since the death of Jack Spicer.
Title:The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 28, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:052142304X

ISBN - 13:9780521423045

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: enabling fictions; 1. The elegiac mode: rhetoric and poetics in the 1940s; 2. 'The darkness surrounds us': participation and reflection among the beat writers; 3. 'Spotting that design': incarnation and interpretation in Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen; 4. 'Cave of resemblances, cave of Rimes': tradition and repetition in Robert Duncan; 5. The city redefined: community and dialogue in Jack Spicer; 6. Appropriations: women and the San Francisco renaissance; 7. Approaching the fin de siècle; Notes; Index.

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Though the term 'San Francisco Renaissance' is usually associated with the Beat movement it was in reality a collage of different communities, often at odds with one another, whose agendas were social and political as much as aesthetic.

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"Davidson is a superior critic well acquainted with the scene and the authors. His focus on community helps to make sense of the diverse groups in close interaction with one another in that time and place without sacrificing anything in the sharpness and clarity of his discussion of individual authors....The scope is wider than the literary movements discussed and superior to books that apply a single theory to heterogeneous texts. Davidson employs a number of current theories, choosing that approach which best illuminates the text at hand yet maintains a clear unity among the various strands of his subject. The resulting book is an important work for all readers concerned with contemporary literature and literary theory." George F. Wedge, American Studies