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Published: 11 August 2016

264 Pages


ISBN: 9780190467517

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Ornamental Aesthetics

The Poetry of Attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman

Theo Davis

  • Offers a new theory of ornamentation, which differs from most available accounts in emphasizing attention and accompaniment rather than materiality
  • Asserts a new theory of the poetic practice and commitments of Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman
  • Argues for an aesthetically and formally oriented literary criticism, against the historicism, materialism, and empiricism of much contemporary criticism