Edge of Modernism by Walter Kalaidjian
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Edge of Modernism
By Walter Kalaidjian

The Edge of Modernism

American Poetry and the Traumatic Past

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Edge of Modernism by Walter Kalaidjian

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In The Edge of Modernism, Walter Kalaidjian explores American poetry on genocide, the Holocaust, and total war as well as on postwar social antagonisms, racial oppression, and domestic violence. By asking what it means for traumatic memory to have agency in the American verse tradition, Kalaidjian creates an original historical account of how American poets became witnesses, often unconsciously, to modern extremity. Combining psychoanalytic theory and cultural studies, this intense, sweeping account of modern poetics analyzes the ways in which literary form gives testimony to the trauma of twentieth-century history. Through close readings of well-known and less familiar poets-among them Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Edwin Rolfe, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Peter Balakian, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Anne Sexton, and Anthony Hecht-Kalaidjian discerns the latent "edge" of modern trauma as it cuts through the literary representations, themes, and formal techniques of twentieth-century American poetics. In this way, The Edge of Modernism advances an innovative and dynamic model of modern periodization.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801882319
ISBN-10: 0801882311
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Cambridge Companion to American Modernism by Walter Kalaidjian Cambridge Companion to American Modernism, Paperback (April 2005)

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Author Biography - Walter Kalaidjian

Walter Kalaidjian is a professor of English at Emory University.

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