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Contemporary Olson

Herd, David, ed. (2015) Contemporary Olson. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, 344 pp. ISBN 978-0-7190-8971-8. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:64731)

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Abstract

As poet, critic, theorist and teacher, Charles Olson extended the possibilities of modern writing. From Call Me Ishmael, his pioneering study of Herman Melville, to his epic poetic project The Maximus Poems, Olson probed the relation between language, space and community. Writing in the aftermath of the Second World War, he provided radical resources for the re-imagining of place and politics, resources for collective thought and creative practice we are still learning how to use. Re-situating Olson's work in relation both to his own moment and to current concerns, the essays assembled in Contemporary Olson provide a major re-assessment of his place in postwar poetry and culture. Through a series of contextualising chapters, discussions of individual poems and reflections on Olson's legacy by leading international writers and critics, the book presents a poet who still informs contemporary poetry, whose thought and compositional innovations continue to provoke. Remote as some of his fascinations must now seem, Olson is shown nonetheless to offer a poetry and poetics that speaks clearly to our own fraught historical moment. Contemporary Olson opens this major writer to new readings and new readers.

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: David Herd
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 16:07 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64731 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Herd, David: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0972-5337
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