By Ruth Jennison
Inaugurated in 1931 via Louis Zukofsky, Objectivist poetry gave expression to the advanced contours of tradition and politics in the USA throughout the nice melancholy. This examine of Zukofsky and others within the Objectivist constellation, George Oppen and Lorine Niedecker, elaborates the dialectic among the formal experimental beneficial properties in their poetry and their innovative commitments to the novel potentials of modernity.
Mixing textual research, archival learn, and historiography, Ruth Jennison exhibits how Zukofsky, Oppen, and Niedecker braided their reports as working-class Jews, political activists, and feminists into radical, canon-challenging poetic kinds. utilizing the instruments of severe geography, Jennison deals an account of the connection among the asymmetric spatial landscapes of capitalism in drawback and the Objectivists’ paratactical textscapes. In a rethinking of the final phrases within which poetic modernism is defined, she identifies and assesses the main features of the Objectivist avant-garde, together with its formal reputation of proliferating commodity cultures, its team spirit with worldwide anticapitalist pursuits, and its principal to advance poetics that nurtured innovative literacy. The ensuing narrative is a traditionally delicate, thorough, and cutting edge account of Objectivism’s Depression-era modernism.
A wealthy research of yankee avant-garde poetic types and politics, The Zukofsky period convincingly situates Objectivist poetry as a politically radical stream comprising a very important bankruptcy in American literary historical past. students and scholars of modernism specially will locate a lot to debate in Jennison’s theoretical examine.
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