Rita Dove's Cosmopolitanism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-06-09
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate of the United States Rita Dove has written prolifically since the early 1970s. In this, the first full-length critical study of her entire body of work by an American scholar, Malin Pereira traces the development of Dove's literary voice, looking at the ways she combines racial specificity with the perspective of the unraced universal.Pereira examines Dove's poetry, fiction, drama, and literary criticism closely and chronologically, charting her path through the racially charged culture wars of the 1970s and 1980s. She demonstrates how Dove eventually transcended racial protocols that threaten to define her work and moves into a nomadic poetic articulation of her cosmopolitan identity. As Pereira addresses Rita Dove's cosmopolitanism, she also examines the thematic concerns that reoccur in Dove's work--themes such as incest, miscegenation, nomadism, the blues, and patriarchal oppression.

Author Biography

Malin Pereira is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(6)
Negotiating Blackness: Dove and the African American Poetic Tradition
Miscegenation, the Primal Scene, and the Incest Motif in Dove's Work
Introducing the Cultural Mulatto in The Yellow House on the Corner
Museum and Cosmopolitanism
Thomas and Beulah: Starting at the ``Source'' of the Blues Nomad
The Personal Become Myth: Grace Notes and Mother Love
Conclusion 153(6)
Appendix: Interview with Rita Dove 159(34)
Bibliography 193(8)
Index 201

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