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Palgrave Macmillan

Poetry and Dialogism

Hearing Over

ISBN 9781137401274
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Although common conceptions of poetry assume a voice that is solitary, personal, or authoritative - a monologue that readers can only overhear and accede to - this volume presupposes that poetry may be dialogic. The essays posit various foundations, gradations, and practices of poetic dialogism; theorize a diverse scope and purpose of dialogic poetry, from secluded prayer to political activism; and examine subgenres of poetry as well as discourses from the Bible to Amos 'n' Andy. In doing so, they contribute to the field of ethics and literature as well, insisting that poetry may be even profoundly oriented toward an Other, whether that dialogism is traceable in speech acts; in differentiated consciousnesses, ideologies, discourses, languages, or allusions; in the rhythm, intonation, or formal devices that encode such exchange; or in the production or reception of the poem. What does dialogic poetry look like - or is it the poetry we've known all along?

Mara Scanlon, Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, USA, specializes in poetry and poetics, women's literature, ethics and literature, modernism, and digital humanities. Related publications include studies of the dialogic lyric, focusing on African American poet Robert Hayden, and a Bakhtinian reading of Derek Walcott's heteroglossic epic, Omeros.

Chad Engbers, Associate Professor of English at Calvin College, USA, teaches Renaissance and Russian literature. His scholarship focuses on penitential poetry from early modern England, drawing from the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin, Carl Jung, and early modern alchemy. His current project is an alchemical reading of John Donne's Holy Sonnets.

Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Hearing Over; Mara Scanlon
1. Dialogism and Monologism in 'Song of Myself'; Stephen Pierson
2. Aesthetic Activity in Sir Thomas Wyatt's Penitential Psalms; Chad Engbers
3. Lyric Ventriloquism and the Dialogic Translations of Pasternak, Mandelstam and Celan; Tom Dolack
4. Robert Lowell's 'common novel plot': Names, Naming, and Polyphony in The Dolphin; Geoffrey Lindsay
5. Poetic Address and Intimate Reading: The Offered Hand; William Waters
6. Hasidim in Poetry: Dialogical Poetics of Encounter in Denise Levertov's The Jacob's Ladder; Temple Cone
7. Reading the Process: Stuart Hall, TV News, Heteroglossia, and Poetry; James D. Sullivan
8. Dialogic Poetry as Emancipatory Technology: Ventriloquy and Voiceovers in the Rhythmic Junctures of Harryette Mullen's Muse & Drudge; Andrea Witzke Slot
9. Zehra Çirak and the Aporia of Dialogism; Erin Trapp

Temple Cone, United States Naval Academy, USA
Tom Dolack, Wheaton College, USA
Chad Engbers, Calvin College, USA
Geoffrey Lindsay, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Stephen Pierson, Onondaga Community College, USA
Mara Scanlon, University of Mary Washington, USA
Andrea Witzke Slot, University of Illinois, USA
James D. Sullivan, Illinois Central College, USA
Erin Trapp, University of Wisconsin–River Falls, USA
William Waters, Boston University, USA


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