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New Formalisms and Literary Theory
 
 
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11 Apr 2013
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New Formalisms and Literary Theory examines the political motivations of a return to formalism. Together with our contributors, we want to propose and challenge the conception of New Formalism as an extension of contextual readings and as a 'mere' return to aesthetic readings. The essays gathered here encourage reflection upon New Formalism's points of intersection with other theoretical approaches and demand a reinstatement of form as the critic's central focus, form, that is, as it reflects a culture's creative imagination and historicizes itself within and against a politically charged background.


Description

New Formalisms and Literary Theory examines the political motivations of a return to formalism. Together with our contributors, we want to propose and challenge the conception of New Formalism as an extension of contextual readings and as a 'mere' return to aesthetic readings. The essays gathered here encourage reflection upon New Formalism's points of intersection with other theoretical approaches and demand a reinstatement of form as the critic's central focus, form, that is, as it reflects a culture's creative imagination and historicizes itself within and against a politically charged background.


Reviews

"Following on several prominent interventions announcing the arrival of a New Formalism, this collection takes a catholic view of that movement, emphasizing an aesthetic turn, a return to formalism that cooperates with historical and contextual analysis. It recognizes craft, acknowledging the experience of practitioners. It will be widely assigned and debated." - Suzanne Keen, Washington and Lee University, USA

"This exciting collection of essays and manifesti reminds us of the "form" behind "formalism": that it engages society and history, is realized through process, and depends on transactions across the literary work. New Formalisms and Literary Theory will make you think again about both concepts." - Roland Greene, Stanford University, USA


Contents

 
Foreword; Heather Dubrow
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. New Formalism(s): A Prologue; Verena Theile
PART II: THEORY
2. Toward a New Formalism: The Intrinsic and Related Problems in Criticism and Theory; Fredric V. Bogel
3. Doing Genre; Group Phi
PART III: PRACTICE
4. Inventing an Ancestor: The Scholar-Poet and the Sonnet; Edward Brunner
5. From Close Reading to Cross-Reading: Sacco-Vanzetti Poetry and the Politics of New Formalism; Bartholomew Brinkman
6. Re-Reading for Forms in Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy; Corey McEleney and Jacqueline Wernimont
7. Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo's Cave: Vasari's Lives and the Erotics of Obscene Connoisseurship; Harry Berger Jr
8. Form as a Pattern of Thinking: Cognitive Poetics and New Formalism; Karin Kukkonen
PART IV: PEDAGOGY
9. Reading Like a Writer: A Creative Writer's Approach to New Formalism; Kelcey Parker
10. Punk Bodies, Jorie Graham, and the Draft Itself: Notes Toward a Lyric Formalism; Cynthia Nichols
10. 'One Another's Hermitage': New Formalist Pedagogy; Linda Tredennick
Bibliography
Index


Authors

Verena Theile is Assistant Professor of English at North Dakota State University, USA where she teaches early modern literature and critical theory. She is co-editor of Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Redefining History (CSP, 2009) and Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2013).

Linda Tredennick is an Associate Professor in the departments of English and Women and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, USA. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Degenerate Journeys: Protestantism and Early Modern Narrative, which explores the intersection of Protestant theology and narrative in early modern England.