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Ragg, Edward, 1976-
Wallace Stevens and the aesthetics of abstraction / Edward Ragg
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PS3537.T4753 Z7577 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955 -- Aesthetics
Subject(s) Abstraction in literature
Art and literature
Physical Description x, 251 p. ; 24 cm
Summary "Edward Ragg's study re-considers the role of abstraction in the work of Wallace Stevens. By tracing the poet's interest in abstraction from Harmonium through to his later works, Ragg argues that Stevens only fully appreciated and refined this interest within his later career. Ragg's detailed close-readings highlight the poet's absorption of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century painting, as well as the examples of philosophers and other poets' work. Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction will appeal to those studying Stevens as well as anyone interested in the relations between poetry and painting. This valuable study embraces revealing philosophical and artistic perspectives, analyzing Stevens' place within and resistance to Modernist debates concerning literature, painting, representation and 'the imagination'"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-243) and index
Contents Introduction: 'Stevensian' and the question of abstraction 1935-2009 -- The abstract impulse : from anecdote to 'new romantic' in Harmonium (1923) and Ideas of Order (1935) -- The turn to abstraction : Owl's Clover (1936) and the 'un-locatable' speaker in The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937) -- The 'in-visible' abstract : Stevens' idealism from Coleridge to Merleau-Ponty -- Abstract figures : the curious case of the idealist 'I' -- Abstract appetites : food, wine and the idealist 'I' -- The pure good of theory : a new abstract emphasis -- Bourgeois abstraction : poetry, painting and the idea of mastery in late Stevens

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