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Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem

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Orientalism, Modernism, and the American Poem by Robert Kern
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This is a critical and historical interpretation of 'Oriental' influences on American modernist poetry. Kern equates Fenollosa and Pound's 'discovery' of Chinese writing with the American pursuit of a natural language for poetry, what Emerson had termed the 'language of nature'. This language of nature is here shown to be a mythic conception continuous with the Renaissance idea of the language of Adam - a language lacking any difference between what it is and what it means. Through analysing and contextualising the nineteenth-century works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ernest Fenollosa and the twentieth-century creations of Ezra Pound and Gary Snyder, Kern sheds light on the three contemporary nexuses of his search: the cultural study of Orientalism and the West, the evolution of Indo-European linguistic theory, and the intellectual tradition of American modernist poetry.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2009
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
336
Dimensions
152x229x19
ISBN-13
9780521105552
Product ID
2951613

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