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Writing Plural Worlds in Contemporary U.S. Poetry

Innovative Identities

Authors: Keller, J.

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This book reveals how poets within the U.S. multi-ethnic avant-garde give up the goal of narrating one comprehensive, rooted view of cultural reality in favour of constructing coherent accounts of relational, local selves and worlds.

About the authors


JAMES KELLER is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA.

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"Ethnic and experimental poetry are often naively seen as oppositional, but Keller celebrates that both are part of the warp and woof of the complicated linguistic relations of this contemporary moment. He understands that poetry is all about self-contained but open, agonistically engaged local worldhood. Writing Plural Worlds in Contemporary U.S. Poetry is impressive and moving for its devoted attention to how contemporary U.S. poetry both thrives and extends its attentions beyond the boundaries of the U.S. nation." - Juliana Spahr, co-editor of Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary

"Close readings of poems from a variety of North American writers - among them Nathaniel Mackey, N. J. Loftis, Francisco Alarcon - skillfully and eloquently offer convincing evidence to underwrite the book s central argument, which blends European philosophy with New World understandings of culture and representation to put forth a concept of innovative identitarian pluralism rather than multiculturalism. Moreover, the warmth and writerly grace of the style make the book and its argument more than merely convincing, but also a pleasure to read. This book comprises a significant contribution to American (in its broadest sense) letters." - Maria Damon, Professor of English, University of Minnesota and author of The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction “Of Being Numerous”

    Keller, Jim

    Pages 1-22

  • Plural Worlds and Aztec-Chicano Serial Poetry

    Keller, Jim

    Pages 23-47

  • Alfred Arteaga and Francisco X. Alarcón

    Keller, Jim

    Pages 49-71

  • Gods at the Crossroads Between the Self and the World

    Keller, Jim

    Pages 73-105

  • Nathaniel Mackey’s Agnostic History and “The Creaking of the Wheel”

    Keller, Jim

    Pages 107-134

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Plural Worlds in Contemporary U.S. Poetry
Book Subtitle
Innovative Identities
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62376-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230623767
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61220-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 229
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