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The Resource The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster, (electronic resource)

The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster, (electronic resource)

Label
The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics
Title
The ecology of modernism
Title remainder
American environments and avant-garde poetics
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Schuster
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • " In The Ecology of Modernism, Joshua Schuster examines the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution. He posits that that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethnic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission. In his opening passage, Schuster boldly invokes lines from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which echo as a paean to pollution: "Burn high your fires, foundry chimneys! cast black shadows at nightfall!" Schuster labels this theme "regeneration through pollution" and demonstrates how this motif recurs in modernist compositions. This tolerance for, if not actual exultation of, the by-products of industrialization hindered modernist American artists, writers, and musicians from embracing environmentalist agendas. Schuster provides specific case studies focusing on Marianne Moore and her connection of fables with animal rights; Gertrude Stein and concepts of nature in her avant-garde poetics; early blues music and poetry and the issue of how environmental disasters (floods, droughts, pestilence) affected black farmers and artists in the American South; and John Cage, who extends the modernist avant-garde project formally but critiques it at the same time for failing to engage with ecology. A fascinating afterword about the role of oil in modernist literary production rounds out this work. Schuster masterfully shines a light on the modernist interval between the writings of bucolic and nature-extolling Romantics and the emergence of a self-conscious green movement in the 1960s. This rewarding work shows that the reticence of modernist poets in the face of resource depletion, pollution, animal rights, and other ecological traumas is highly significant"--
  • "The Ecology of Modernism explores the unexpected absence of an environmental ethic in American modernist and avant-garde poetics, given its keen concern with an environmental aesthetic, and explains why American modernism was never green. Examining the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution, Joshua Schuster posits that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethnic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission"--
  • " In The Ecology of Modernism, Joshua Schuster examines the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution. He posits that that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethnic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission. In his opening passage, Schuster boldly invokes lines from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which echo as a paean to pollution: "Burn high your fires, foundry chimneys! cast black shadows at nightfall!" Schuster labels this theme "regeneration through pollution" and demonstrates how this motif recurs in modernist compositions. This tolerance for, if not actual exultation of, the by-products of industrialization hindered modernist American artists, writers, and musicians from embracing environmentalist agendas. Schuster provides specific case studies focusing on Marianne Moore and her connection of fables with animal rights; Gertrude Stein and concepts of nature in her avant-garde poetics; early blues music and poetry and the issue of how environmental disasters (floods, droughts, pestilence) affected black farmers and artists in the American South; and John Cage, who extends the modernist avant-garde project formally but critiques it at the same time for failing to engage with ecology. A fascinating afterword about the role of oil in modernist literary production rounds out this work. Schuster masterfully shines a light on the modernist interval between the writings of bucolic and nature-extolling Romantics and the emergence of a self-conscious green movement in the 1960s. This rewarding work shows that the reticence of modernist poets in the face of resource depletion, pollution, animal rights, and other ecological traumas is highly significant"--
  • "The Ecology of Modernism explores the unexpected absence of an environmental ethic in American modernist and avant-garde poetics, given its keen concern with an environmental aesthetic, and explains why American modernism was never green. Examining the relationships of key modernist writers, poets, and musicians to nature, industrial development, and pollution, Joshua Schuster posits that the curious failure of modernist poets to develop an environmental ethnic was a deliberate choice and not an inadvertent omission"--
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Schuster, Joshua
Dewey number
811/.509112
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
S38 2015
Series statement
Modern and contemporary poetics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Ecology in literature
  • Environmental protection in literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
  • NATURE / Ecology
Label
The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-211) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001530528
Dimensions
23 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 216 pages
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780817358297
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009288
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001530528
Label
The ecology of modernism : American environments and avant-garde poetics, Joshua Schuster, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-211) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001530528
Dimensions
23 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 216 pages
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780817358297
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009288
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001530528

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