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A Transnational Poetics$
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Jahan Ramazani

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703442

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703374.001.0001

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Traveling Poetry

Traveling Poetry

(p.51) CHAPTER 3 Traveling Poetry
A Transnational Poetics

Jahan Ramazani

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the specific types of poetic devices that enable extraterritorial imaginative travel and analyzes their implications for a poetics of transnational identity. It looks at the formal means by which some poets like Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop and Frank O'Hara imaginatively travel through their works. This chapter also discusses the imaginative enactment of geographic displacement and poets' use of lines to cross, rupture and question what political and other kinds of normative lines would hold back.

Keywords:   poetics, imaginative travel, transnational identity, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O'Hara, geographic displacement

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