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A Transnational Poetics

Jahan Ramazani


Poetry is often viewed as culturally homogeneous, “stubbornly national,” in T. S. Eliot's phrase, or “the most provincial of the arts,” according to W. H. Auden. But this book uncovers the ocean-straddling energies of the poetic imagination—in modernism and the Harlem Renaissance; in post-World War II North America and the North Atlantic; and in ethnic American, postcolonial, and black British writing. Cross-cultural exchange and influence are, it argues, among the chief engines of poetic development in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Reexamining the work of a wide array of poets, f ... More

Keywords: poetic imagination, modernism, Harlem Renaissance, North America, North Atlantic, black British writing, cross-cultural exchange, poetic development, national literary paradigms, transnational literary criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226703442
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jahan Ramazani, author