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The Resource The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster

The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster

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The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics
Title
The ecology of modernism
Title remainder
American environments and avant-garde poetics
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Joshua Schuster
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Language
eng
Summary
" In The Ecology of Modernism, Joshua Schuster examines the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution. He posits that that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethnic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission. In his opening passage, Schuster boldly invokes lines from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which echo as a paean to pollution: "Burn high your fires, foundry chimneys! cast black shadows at nightfall!" Schuster labels this theme "regeneration through pollution" and demonstrates how this motif recurs in modernist compositions. This tolerance for, if not actual exultation of, the by-products of industrialization hindered modernist American artists, writers, and musicians from embracing environmentalist agendas. Schuster provides specific case studies focusing on Marianne Moore and her connection of fables with animal rights; Gertrude Stein and concepts of nature in her avant-garde poetics; early blues music and poetry and the issue of how environmental disasters (floods, droughts, pestilence) affected black farmers and artists in the American South; and John Cage, who extends the modernist avant-garde project formally but critiques it at the same time for failing to engage with ecology. A fascinating afterword about the role of oil in modernist literary production rounds out this work. Schuster masterfully shines a light on the modernist interval between the writings of bucolic and nature-extolling Romantics and the emergence of a self-conscious green movement in the 1960s. This rewarding work shows that the reticence of modernist poets in the face of resource depletion, pollution, animal rights, and other ecological traumas is highly significant"--
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Schuster, Joshua
Dewey number
811/.509112
Index
index present
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
S38 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern and contemporary poetics
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  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Ecology in literature
  • Environmental protection in literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
  • NATURE / Ecology
  • American poetry
  • Ecology in literature
  • Environmental protection in literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • United States
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The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster
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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.
Control code
898088349
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 216 pages
Isbn
9780817358297
Lccn
2015009288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)898088349
Label
The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
898088349
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 216 pages
Isbn
9780817358297
Lccn
2015009288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)898088349

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