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The Resource The degenerate muse : American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene, Robin G. Schulze

The degenerate muse : American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene, Robin G. Schulze

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The degenerate muse : American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene
Title
The degenerate muse
Title remainder
American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene
Statement of responsibility
Robin G. Schulze
Title variation
American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A tide of newfound prosperity swept through America as the nineteenth century turned into the twentieth. Modernity had arrived. Yet amid this climate of progress, concerns over the perils of modernity and civilization began to creep into the national consciousness. Stress, overcrowding, and immigration stoked fears of degeneration among the white middle- and upper classes. To correct course, the Back to Nature movement was born. By shedding the shackles of modernity and embracing the great outdoors, Americans could keep fit and stave off a descent down the evolutionary ladder. Drawing on a wide range of primary and archival sources, Robin Schulze examines how the return to nature altered the work of three modernist poets: Harriet Monroe, Ezra Pound, and Marianne Moore. Like other Americans of their day, the trio heeded the widespread national call to head back to nature for the sake of the nation's health, but they faced a difficult challenge. Turning to nature as a means to combat the threat of degeneration in their literary and editorial work, they needed to envision a form of poetry that would be a cure for degeneration rather than a cause. The Degenerate Muse reveals the ways in which Monroe, Pound, and Moore struggled to create and publish poems that resisted degeneration by keeping faith with nature-influenced ideas about what American poetry should be and do in the twentieth century. A combination of environmental history and modernist studies, The Degenerate Muse reveals that the American relationship to nature was a key issue of modernity and an integral part of literary modernism."--Publisher's website
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1961-
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Schulze, Robin G.
Dewey number
811/.509112
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
S34 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modernist literature & culture
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  • Monroe, Harriet
  • Moore, Marianne
  • Pound, Ezra
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Nature in literature
  • Degeneration in literature
  • Nature and civilization
Label
The degenerate muse : American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene, Robin G. Schulze
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Toward a Modern Nature -- Nature Study, Degeneration, and the Problem of Poetry -- Harriet Monroe's Pioneer Modernism -- Ezra Pound and the Poetics of Hygiene -- Marianne Moore, Degeneration, and Domestication -- Marianne Moore, Nature, and National Health
Control code
809249948
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 309 pages
Isbn
9780199920327
Lccn
2012032587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)809249948
Label
The degenerate muse : American nature, modernist poetry, and the problem of cultural hygiene, Robin G. Schulze
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Toward a Modern Nature -- Nature Study, Degeneration, and the Problem of Poetry -- Harriet Monroe's Pioneer Modernism -- Ezra Pound and the Poetics of Hygiene -- Marianne Moore, Degeneration, and Domestication -- Marianne Moore, Nature, and National Health
Control code
809249948
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 309 pages
Isbn
9780199920327
Lccn
2012032587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)809249948

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