William Carlos Williams and the Diagnostics of Culture

Hardcover | April 29, 1993

byBrian Bremen A.As told by807 West Lynn, Apt. 117 Austin, TX 78703

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Bremen's study examines the development of William Carlos Williams's poetics, focusing in particular on Williams's ongoing fascination with the effects of poetry and prose, and his life-long friendship with Kenneth Burke. Using a framework based on Burke's and Williams's theoretical writingsand correspondence, as well as on the work of contemporary cultural critics, Bremen looks closely at how Williams's poetic strategies are intimately tied to his medical practice, incorporating a form of methodological empiricism that extends his diagnoses beyond the individual to include bothlanguage and community. The book develops a series of rhetorical, cognitive, medical, and political analogues that clarify the poetic and cultural achievements Williams hoped to realize in his writing.

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Bremen's study examines the development of William Carlos Williams's poetics, focusing in particular on Williams's ongoing fascination with the effects of poetry and prose, and his life-long friendship with Kenneth Burke. Using a framework based on Burke's and Williams's theoretical writingsand correspondence, as well as on the work of...

Brian Bremen A. is at University of Texas, Austin.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:April 29, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019507226X

ISBN - 13:9780195072266

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"A valuable addition to Williams scholarship. Bremen's readings of individual books and poems are challenging, consistent, and illuminating. The chapter on Williams and medicine is one of the finest pieces I have read on the poet. It will be required reading for scholars ofWilliams."--Christopher MacGowan, College of William and Mary