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The Dark End of the Street : Margins in American Vanguard Poetry - Maria Damon

The Dark End of the Street

Margins in American Vanguard Poetry

Paperback Published: 1st February 1993
ISBN: 9780816619870
Number Of Pages: 328

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In "The Dark End of the Street", Maria Damon brings a new sensitivity to modern poetic criticism. She adds an important dimension to cultural theory, revealing the struggles of American poets as they address important questions about art, social life, and the oppression they encounter. Taking as her premise that the intensity of poetic language is an appropriate venue for representing the "dark end of the street" of social pain, Damon foregrounds the work and lives of a number of modern American poets in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social "outsiders." Unlike most literary studies on poetry and poetics, "The Dark End of the Street" examines an unusually wide range of poets and poetic activities. Damon explores avant-garde poetry as writing that pushes at the limits of experience as well as at the limits of conventional form. She argues that the marginalized and oppressed, ostensibly the most expendable members of American society, have produced its truly vanguard literature. Damon brings a sense of social context to a field long dominated by purely formalist criticism, ultimately revealing how time, place, and circumstance affect the creation, distribution, and reception of modern poetry. This book is intended for contemporary American poetry, cultural studies, and American studies.

Pre-Monitions: Definitions, Explanations, Acknowledgments
Introductions and Interdictionsp. 1
"Unmeaning Jargon" / Uncanonized Beatitude: Bob Kaufman, Poetp. 32
The Child Who Writes / The Child Who Diedp. 77
Dirty Jokes and Angels: Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan Writing the Gay Communityp. 142
Gertrude Stein's Doggerel "Yiddish": Women, Dogs, and Jewsp. 202
Afterword: Closer than Closep. 236
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 292
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ISBN: 9780816619870
ISBN-10: 0816619875
Series: American Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st February 1993
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39

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