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Lyric Shame

The “Lyric” Subject of Contemporary American Poetry

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$49.50 • £39.95 • €44.50

ISBN 9780674734395

Publication Date: 10/13/2014


360 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Important, insightful and very much of our time, White’s book will get noticed immediately, as it should—and it will certainly affect current debates about ‘lyric’ and ‘poetry’ and the contemporary. This volume takes its place in a line of books about how aesthetic effects in modern and contemporary poetry come from, and speak to, intellectual history, to institutions, and to social life: there’s a lot we can learn from it.—Stephen Burt, co-author of The Art of the Sonnet

Gillian White has written an impressive piece of work. It marks an important critical intervention in literary history. It deftly complicates the prevailing narrative of postwar American poetry, which sees a yawning divide between open and closed, raw and cooked, lyric and anti-lyric, experimental and mainstream, expressivist and anti-expressivist, personal and collage strands of poetry. Timely, compelling, and highly readable, Lyric Shame is one of the most significant studies of American poetry published in recent decades.—Jahan Ramazani, author of Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

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