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Introduction

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Introduces the controversial status of modernism's relation to vernacular language through a discussion of Gertrude Stein's poetic narrative, “Melanctha” (1909), with particular focus on its warm ... More


Vernacular Discourse from Major to Minor

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The chapter begins by questioning Philip Larkin's argument that W. H. Auden's early poems are “successful” because they assert a relationship of identity among dialect, audience, and social theme. ... More


Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Matthew Hart

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book explores what happens when poets identify vernacular language with the spirit of transnational modernity. It asks whether vernacular poetries are doomed to be provincial or implicitly ... More


The Impossibility of Synthetic Scots; Or, Hugh MacDiarmid's Nationalist Internationalism

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter builds on the Introduction's discussion of Hugh MacDiarmid's “Synthetic Scots” poetry, an experimental vernacular style that he developed after 1922 through practices of ... More


Tradition and the Postcolonial Talent: T. S. Eliot versus E. K. Brathwaite

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the relation between Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Caribbean “nation language” poetics and the poems and critical essays of T. S. Eliot. Reading Brathwaite's epic sequence, The ... More


A Dialect Written in the Spelling of the Capital: Basil Bunting Goes Home

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter analyzes the late poems of Basil Bunting. It questions why Bunting's return to northern England in middle age — a nostos that shapes his autobiographical poem, Briggflatts (1966) ... More


Transnational Anthems and the Ship of State: Harryette Mullen, Melvin B. Tolson, and the Politics of Afro-Modernism

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the aesthetic, literary‐historical, and political meanings of the term “Afro‐modernism.” It first introduces Melvin B. Tolson's modernist epic, Harlem Gallery (1965), via the ... More


Epilogue: Denationalizing Mina Loy

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The epilogue reflects on the broad themes of the book by considering attempts to recruit the expatriate Anglo‐Jewish poet Mina Loy for the canons of American literature. It argues that this process ... More


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