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Published: 14 May 2015

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199844715

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Epic Negation

The Dialectical Poetics of Late Modernism

C.D. Blanton

Modernist Literature and Culture

  • Attends to three key moments in which the question of the interwar modernist epic was most intensely posed
  • Highlights and thematizes the possibility that genuine epic unity is no longer available to the modern poet
  • Presents a series of coupled readings, pairing an intensive text with its extensive supplement: Eliot's The Waste Land with his editorial labors as editor of the journal The Criterion; W.H. Auden's "occasional" poems of 1938-39 with Louis MacNeice's Autumn Journal; and H.D.'s Trilogy with her Tribute to Freud