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Maintaining a Place

Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature

This international collection of critical and creative work offers compelling responses to the specifics of ’tradition’ and ’place’ in the face of the formal and thematic challenges of the modern at particular moments in the aesthetic development of American literature. Maintaining a Place operates also as a way of thinking about the legacy of key figures within Irish cultural debates about America in honouring an esteemed colleague, Ron Callan, for his unique contribution to the field of American Studies in Ireland. Pointing to the ongoing transatlantic influence exerted by the American poetic tradition on contemporary writers, and responding to current developments in literary studies by meshing the field’s critical and creative strains the collection includes new poetry by established poets working in Ireland and the US. This volume will appeal to all readers with an interest in modern American literature and its continuing influence on transatlantic thinking and creative practices.

260 pages

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Table of Contents

Contributors Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnuala Dillane, and John Brannigan - Introduction Adam Kelly - To Reconcile the People and the Stones - Ron Callan, William Carlos Williams, and Rudy Wiebe’s The Temptations of Big Bear Maria Stuart - The Poetics of Disfluency - Emerson and Dickinson Harry Clifton - The Dry-Souled Man (Yvor Winters 1900-68) J. C. C. Mays - Making it New - Coleridge, Pound, and Some ’New’ Irish Poets Stephen Wilson - The Burden of Records - Ezra Pound’s Problematic Legacy Peggy O’Brien - Permission to Burn (from ’Neighbors’) Lee M. Jenkins - ’the difference between Pluto and Plato’ - D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, and American Modernism Stephen Matterson - Three beginnings - William Carlos Williams and In the American Grain Michael Hinds - Anachronistic? - Sappho and William Carlos Williams Against the Clock Nerys Wiliams - In Which Philip McGowan - Reading Elizabeth Bishop’s ’Artifact of [Words]’ Philip Coleman - ’Seeking quiddity’ - Seeing Things in the Poetry of Carl Rakosi Ana Nunes - Ellen Gallagher’s Portraits of the Black Atlantic Frank McGuinness - The Mask and The Martyr - Lorraine Hansberry and Sean O’Casey Declan Kiberd - Afterword Bibliography Index.

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