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Published: 07 January 2020

440 Pages | 44 illustrations


ISBN: 9780190080990

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The Poetry of the Americas

From Good Neighbors to Countercultures

Harris Feinsod

Modernist Literature and Culture

  • Compares and connects works by a wide array of poets from the US, the Caribbean and Latin America who sought to write a transnational "poetry of the Americas"
  • Theorizes new forms and concepts for the fields of comparative poetics and hemispheric literary history, including the poetics of diplomacy, the symbolic use of foreign words, the genre of the meditation on ruins, and cosmopolitan strategies of collaborative authorship
  • Uses archival sources to offer new details on relations between major poets such as Bishop, Ginsberg, Williams, de Burgos, Neruda, and Paz and lesser-known poets such as Carrera Andrade, Kemp, Blackburn, and Randall
  • Puts forward a comprehensive view of "inter-American" poetry and cultural diplomacy during World War II and the early Cold War