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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


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


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


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