A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
1 Wars I Have Seen: Peter Nicholls (University of Sussex).
2 Pleasure at Home: How Twentieth-Century American Poets Read the British: David Herd (University of Kent).
3 American Poet-Teachers and the Academy: Alan Golding (University of Louisville).
4 Feminism and the Female Poet: Lynn Keller (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Cristanne Miller (Pomona College).
5 Queer Cities: Maria Damon (University of Minnesota).
6 Twentieth-Century Poetry and the New York Art World: Brian M. Reed (University of Washington).
7 The Blue Century: Brief Notes on Twentieth Century African-American Poetry: Rowan Ricardo Phillips (SUNY, Stony Brook).
8 Home and Away: US Poetries of Immigration and Migrancy: A. Robert Lee (Nihon University, Tokyo).
9 Modern Poetry and Anti-Communism: Alan Filreis (University of Pennsylvania).
10 Mysticism: Neo-paganism, Buddhism, and Christianity: Stephen Fredman (University of Notre Dame).
11 Poets and Scientists: Peter Middleton (University of Southampton).
12 Philosophy, Theory in U.S. Modern Poetry: Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego).
- A wide-ranging overview of twentieth-century American poetry and its contexts.
- Gives readers a rich sense of how the poetry of this period is connected to the country’s intellectual life more broadly.
- Helps readers to fully appreciate the poetry of the period by tracing its historical and cultural contexts.
- Written by prominent specialists in the field.
- Places the poetry of the period within contexts such as: war; feminism and the female poet; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; philosophy and theory.
- Each chapter ranges across the entire century, comparing poets from one part of the century to those of another.
- New syntheses make the volume of interest to scholars as well as students and general readers.
Albert Gelpi, Stanford University
If I had to recommend a single book on the culture of twentieth-American poetry to students or colleagues, I would choose Stephen Fredman's Concise Companion. Fredman wisely decided to treat the entire century as a whole rather than adopting the usual Modernist/Postmodernist division or treating decades and poets separately. From the opening "Wars I Have Seen" to the final treatment of philosophy and theory in U.S. poetry, Fredman's contributors carefully examine the intersecting worlds of our poetry-- the New York art world, the impact of various diasporas, and the curious intersections with politics, gender, and religion. Yet the poetry itself always comes first, and no reader can fail to profit from these clearly written, concise, and truly expert chapters.
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University