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The Limits of American Literary Ideology in Pound and Emerson : Literature, Culture, Theory - Cary Wolfe

The Limits of American Literary Ideology in Pound and Emerson

Literature, Culture, Theory

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1994
ISBN: 9780521445559
Number Of Pages: 308

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In The Limits of American Literary Ideology in Pound and Emerson, Cary Wolfe analyses the dynamics and consequences of radical individualism and the sort of cultural critique it generates in Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ezra Pound. The main purpose of the book is to demonstrate that any form of individualism which is modelled on the logic and structure of private property will always reproduce the very contradictions and alienations which it set out to criticise and to remedy. Part of what makes this study unique and important is that it uses the ideology of individualism, still so powerful and seductive in contemporary America, to build a bridge between the two major figures from literary periods - Modernism and American Romanticism - which are often seen in stark opposition. In doing so, this study extends the critical paradigms and techniques of one of the most exciting new fields of cultural criticism (the so-called 'New Americanist' criticism) to cover a period (Modernism) and a type of writing (poetry) which it has largely ignored.

Industry Reviews

"The Limits of American Literary Ideology joins with a handful of other recent studies in seeking to change the kinds of questions scholars and critics put to Pound. In so doing it helps make the poet available to new audiences and to the important concerns of the next century." Michael Coyle, Paideuma

A politics of difference
Critiques of capitalist (literary) production
Economies of individualism
'Gynocracy' and 'red blood'
Visionary capital
Ideologies of the organic
Signs that bind: ideology and form in Pound's poetics
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ISBN: 9780521445559
ISBN-10: 0521445558
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 28th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.62