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America's Modernisms

Revaluing the Canon, Essays in Honor of Joseph N. Riddel

Horizons in Theory and American Culture

256 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 5 halftones

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Literary Studies

  Paperback / 9780807135891 / March 2010

These eleven essays confront the ongoing problem of defining American and modern--terms that often travel together as they defy periodization and other boundaries. Reading questions of nationalism and literature against the grain, the critics represented here address the epistemology and history of literary canonization, not simply the empirics of adding to or subtracting from the American canon.

As a whole, the volume comprises a range of poststructuralist and postmodern readings of American literature, as well as critiques of American aesthetics. Individually, each essay offers an in-depth and rigorous critique of a key text, or textual knot, in the ongoing and productively self-reflexive enterprise of American literary criticism.

Kathryne V. Lindberg (1951-2010) was professor of English at Wayne State University and author of Reading Pound Reading: Modernism after Nietzsche.

Joseph G. Kronick is professor of English at Louisiana State University and author of American Poetics of History: From Emerson to the Moderns.

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