PART II: CRITICISM / THEORY: 20TH-CENTURY POETICS
1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND TO 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY: CONTINUITY, RUPTURE, AND CANONS
F. 0. Matthiessen
— The American Renaissance (sections on Emerson and Whitman)
Roy Harvey Pearce
— The Continuity of American Poetry (selections from Whitman forward)
— A History of Modern Poetry, vol. 1 & 2 (selectively for background on each poet)
— A Coherent Splendor (selectively for period overview 1910-1950)
— From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry
2. CRITICISM FOCUSED ON POUND AND ELIOT ISSUES
— The Pound Era (selectively)
— A Genealogy of Modernism
— The Tale of the Tribe (long poems: Pound, Olson, Williams).
various other essays by Charles Altieri, Al Gelpi
F. 0. Matthiessen
— The Achievement of T. S. Eliot
3. CRITICISM FOCUSED ON STEVENS AND OTHER MODERNS (FROST, WILLIAMS, MOORE, ETC)
— The Poems of Our Climate, selections, esp. first chapter.
— other essays (esp. Figures of Capable Imagination), on Emerson, Whitman, Crane, Ashbery, etc.
— Modernist Quartet
J. Hillis Miller
— Poets of Reality (esp. essays on Stevens, Williams)
— "Decentering the Image" (in Textual Strategies) (and see his books on WCW and Stevens)
— Destructive Poetics
— Part of Nature: see selected essays on Stevens, Eliot, Lowell, Ashbery, etc.
— Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing (selectively)
— selected essays in Poetry and Pragmatism and Renewal of Literature ("Question of Genius," "Modernism and its Difficulties")
4. ALTERNATIVE CRITICAL VIEWS OF MODERN/POSTMODERN POETRY
— The Poetics of Indeterminacy (esp. Pound, Williams, Stein, Ashbery) selected essays, from Dance of the Intellect, esp.
Rachel Blau DuPlessis
— The Pink Guitar
— essay on "Sexual Difference"
— The Failure of Modernism (Eliot, Olson, Ashbery)
5. CRITICISM ON "CONTEMPORARY" OR "POSTMODERN" POETRY
— Enlarging the Temple (esp. intro chapter, and chapters on Lowell, O'Hara, and Creeley).
— Frank O'Hara: Poet Among Painters; essays in Dance of the Intellect; selections from various other various essays and books
Selected recent essays on various aspects of the period
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