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Conceptual Schemes: The Midcentury Poetics of Muriel Rukeyser and Charles Olson

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

By mid-century, social scientists such as Kurt Lewin increasing believed that a better understanding of the mind and society required scientific methods, especially the use of conceptual schemes. ... More


Fusing an Alloy: Muriel Rukeyser at the Limits of Poetry/ Documentary

Sarah Ehlers

in Left of Poetry: Depression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651286
eISBN:
9781469651309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter charts the formation of the documentary poetry tradition in the U.S. through a consideration of Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead. It demonstrates how Rukeyser pushed the boundaries ... More


Stories, Geometries, and Angels: Muriel Rukeyser, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan in the 1950s

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the development of Rukeyser and Olson’s thinking about physics over the next two decades, as they gradually jettisoned conceptual schemes based on the system and the field. Their ... More


Introduction: Acting Corporate

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism and the Meaning of Corporate Persons

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198868873
eISBN:
9780191905339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198868873.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The Introduction contextualizes the book’s broader legal and philosophical debates about corporate personhood, collective agency, and modernism. The book’s methodology and structure are explained ... More


Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Peter Middleton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that after WWII American poets found themselves in an increasingly scientific world where natural and social sciences claimed exclusive rights to knowledge of matter and mind. ... More


Epilogue

Sarah Ehlers

in Left of Poetry: Depression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651286
eISBN:
9781469651309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This brief epilogue summarizes the major conclusions of Left of Poetry and suggests how the book’s arguments might alter contemporary discourses about the intersection of poetry and left politics. ... More


Prose, Poetry, and Songs of Labor

Theresa Lloyd (ed.)

in Writing Appalachia: An Anthology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178790
eISBN:
9780813178806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.003.0704
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

Mountain society changed dramatically with rapid post-Civil War industrialization, which laid the groundwork for the region’s wide-scale poverty and dependency. The hardships of work and oppressive ... More


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