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Forms of Expansion Recent Long Poems by Women

by Lynn Keller

  • ISBN: 9780226429717
  • ISBN10: 0226429717

Forms of Expansion Recent Long Poems by Women

by Lynn Keller

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780226429717
  • ISBN10: 0226429717
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Description: Expanding the boundaries of both genre and gender, contemporary American women are writing long poems in a variety of styles that repossess history, reconceive female subjectivity, and revitalize poetry itself. In the first book devoted to long poems by women, Lynn Keller explores this rich and evolving body of work, offering revealing discussions of the diverse traditions and feminist concerns addressed by poets Rita Dove, Brenda Marie Osbey, Sharon Doubiago, Judy Grahn, Marilyn Hacker, Beverly Dahlen, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, and Susan Howe.

Arguing that women poets no longer feel intimidated by the traditional associations of long poems with the heroic, public realm or with great artistic ambition, Keller shows how the long poem's openness to sociological, anthropological, and historical material makes it an ideal mode for exploring women's roles in history and culture. In addition, the varied forms of long poems -- from sprawling free-verse epics to regular sonnet sequences to highly disjunctive experimental collages -- make this hybrid genre easily adaptable to diverse visions of feminism and of contemporary poetics.

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