Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934

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Cambridge University Press, 2001 M01 11 - 238 pages
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In Genders, Races and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetries, Rachel Blau Duplessis shows how, through poetic language, modernist writers represented the debates and ideologies concerning New Woman, New Negro and New Jew in the early twentieth century. From the poetic text emerge such social issues of modernity as debates on suffrage, sexuality, manhood, and African-American and Jewish subjectivities. By a reading method she calls 'social philology' - a form of close reading inflected with the approaches of cultural studies - Duplessis engages with the work of such canonical poets as Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore and H.D., as well as Mina Loy, Countee Cullen, Alfred Kreymborg and Langston Hughes, writers, she claims, still marginalized by existing constructions of modernism. This book is an ambitious attempt to remap our understanding of modern poetries and poetics, and the relationship between early twentieth-century writing and society.

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis is Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Writing Beyond the Ending (1985), H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (1990), she is also editor of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990), and co-editor of both The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (1999) and The Feminist Memoir Project (1998). She is also a widely published poet.

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