Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In a unique collection of essays devoted to one of America's most significant twentieth-century poets, a group of international contributors considers the Transatlantic nature of Stevens' poetry, providing original accounts of how a poet wary of 'influence' created a poetics which continues to haunt contermporary verse.

Author Biography

BART EECKHOUT is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is the author of Wallace Stevens and the Limits of Reading and Writing, a translator of Stevens into Dutch and a board member of The Wallace Stevens Journal.

EDWARD RAGG completed his doctoral thesis on Stevens at Cambridge University in 2005 and is Visiting Lecturer at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is completing a book entitled The Question of Abstraction: Wallace Stevens' Poetry and Prose and has published poetry in international journals.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: The Lights of Norway and All Thatp. 1
Descriptions without Place: Ideas of Europe in Stevensp. 11
'The Switzerland of the Mind': Stevens' Invention of Europep. 13
Stevens in Connecticut (and Denmark)p. 23
Stevens' Europe: Delicate Clinkings and Total Grandeurp. 41
Beyond Staten Island: Stevens in Transatlantic Conversationp. 59
Philosophical Conversationsp. 59
Stevens and the Crisis of European Philosophyp. 61
'Without human meaning': Stevens, Heidegger and the Foreignness of Poetryp. 79
Early Christianity in Late Stevensp. 95
'The strange unlike': Stevens' Poetics of Resemblancep. 107
Artistic Conversationsp. 119
Stevens, Duchamp and the American 'ism', 1915-1919p. 121
Picasso, Cezanne and Stevens' Abstract Engagementsp. 133
Music and the Vocal Poetics of Stevens and Valeryp. 151
Getting It Straight at the Sorbonne? Stevens' Afterlife in Europep. 163
Nicholas Moore, Stevens and the Fortune Pressp. 165
A Ghost Never Exorcized: Stevens in the Poetry of Charles Tomlinsonp. 186
A Poetics of Ignorance: Antonio Ramos Rosa and Wallace Stevensp. 204
Reading Stevens in Italianp. 216
Coda: Ode to a Colossal Sunp. 231
Indexp. 237
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