New World Poetics (häftad)
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University of Georgia Press
black & white illustrations
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2:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam
New World Poetics (häftad)

New World Poetics

Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott

Häftad Engelska, 2010-06-30
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This title offers a groundbreaking look at three major poets. This ecocritical and comparative study plumbs the earthly depth and social breadth of three of the Americas' most ambitious and epic-minded poets. From Walt Whitman's call for a poetry of New World possibility, to Pablo Neruda's invocation of an 'American love', to Derek Walcott's poetic ironies of an American epic, the adamic imagination of their poetry invokes the foundational powers of language before a natural world already transformed by human violence. George B. Handley explores the ecocritical foundations of American and Latin American studies, considers the relevance of ecology to each poet's ambition to recuperate the New World's lost histories, and provides a transnational poetics of understanding literary influence and textual simultaneity in the Americas. In their nuanced appreciation for the difficulty of balancing the demands of social justice within the context of deep time, these readings expose the symptomatic dangers as well as the healing potential of human self-consciousness in light of global environmental degradation.
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Joining Whitman with Neruda and Walcott under environmentalist scrutiny gives this book new reach and point. Handley aptly clarifies the poets' take on America's so-called and half-wasted New World. Unless we credit their human imaginative presence, no amount of science or policy will pull us through. --John Felstiner "author of Translating Neruda " New World Poetics will be viewed as a foundational work because of its many, and remarkably perceptive, links among poetry, natural history, and political history. Handley's scholarship is impressive throughout, as he explores both North American and Latin American conceptions of the New World and illuminates the origins, potential, and limitations of American Studies as a discipline. This exciting book left me especially eager to voyage further into the literature of South America for myself. --John Elder "author of Reading the Mountains of Home "

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GEORGE B. HANDLEY is a professor of humanities at Brigham Young University. His books include Postslavery Literatures in the Americas and Caribbean Literature and the Environment.