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  • “Seek it in Poetry”: John Dewey, William Carlos Williams, and Avant-Gardist Educational Reform

    Author:Alan Golding

    Abstract: This essay looks at the unlikely conjunction of avant-garde poetics, educational reform, and the ideas of John Dewey in the work of William Carlos Williams, a conjunction unaddressed in the major critical treatment of Williams and Dewey, John Beck’s Writing the Radical Center. I focus mainly on Williams’s work of the 1920s, when he was reading Dewey’s essays in The Dial and thinking through ...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • In Search of a Nuyorican Sixties: Reading the Pedro Pietri and Jack Agüeros Archives

    Author:Urayoán Noel

    Abstract: Although Nuyorican poetry is typically identified with the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the 1970s, New York Puerto Rican had been active since the 1960s, embodying a poetic and political activism that would help define the Nuyorican tradition. The institutional archives of two of these poets, Pedro Pietri (1943-2004) and Jack Agüeros (1934-2014), reveal the richness and complexity o...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • “A Vagabond and a Slave”: Frankenstein as (African-American) Slave Narrative

    Author:Grant Matthew Jenkins

    Abstract: Although several studies have examined the influence of the context of slavery on Romanticism as well as Romanticism’s influence on the discourse of abolition, few have considered the ways in which narratives by former slaves who lived in the Americas have conditioned the production of Romanticism. Written soon after the abolition of the slave trade in England, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in ...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • Richard Wright’s “Basket of Deplorables”: The Return of the Lumpenproletariat in U.S. Political Discourse

    Author:Joshua Lam

    Abstract: ​Political coverage of the US presidential election of 2016 involved numerous theories about the motivations of Donald Trump’s supporters. These theories were often tied to racial and socioeconomic demographics, and based in speculations about racism and prejudice. Some of the rhetoric in these speculations, such as Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” analogy and the informal term “...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • Maggie O’Sullivan’s Notational Poetics

    Author:A. J. Carruthers

    Abstract: The poetry of Maggie O’Sullivan, a poet associated with the British Poetry Revival, activates prosodic dissonance and incorporates music, which is to say musical scores. In works like From the Handbook of That & Furriery and Palace of Reptiles, musical scores are collaged into the body of the poem. Using the phrase “notational poetics,” this analysis is as much concerned with poems that soun...

    Vol. 2 No. 2 Dec. 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • Reading Li Shang-yin

    Author:Massimo Verdicchio

    Abstract: The fate of poets like Li Shang-yin, who are labeled “medieval,” is never to be modern. Critics both ancient and modern read them within a perspective they call “medieval” and will not allow these poets the freedom of expression which is rightly theirs and which qualifies them as baroque and, hence, “modern.” In the paper I examine the case of Li Shang-yin and what makes him not only a gr...

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  • African American Literature and the Gothic: Some Critical Usage Considerations

    Author:Martin Japtok

    Abstract: As the term gothic has moved out from its confined space in 18th and 19th century European literature and is now applied to many literatures, both past and present, its definition has also become more and more expansive. The essay argues that critics should be more modest in the application of the gothic, not least by asking themselves whether “gothic” is the appropriate term to use to descri...

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  • The Poetics of Process Repeated in the Sky

    Author:Zewei Jiang

    Abstract: In view of the material and textual changes of Dickinson’s poetry in its acceptance history of more than one hundred years, the editors and translators attempted to retain the originality of Dickinson’s poetic style in various ways, which brought visual impact to the book and highlighted a strong readers’ consciousness. North American scholars found their common voice in the writer’s poetic...

    Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • The Categorization and Functions of “Overhearing” in Narrative

    Author:Yizhong Ning

    Abstract: This essay addresses the topic of “overhearing,” one of the most frequent but rarely studied narrative phenomena, by citing examples from both Chinese and English texts. By analyzing varied examples of “overhearing,” this essay demonstrates the diverse literary functions of this phenomenon by proposing a method of categorization and a framework to consider types of relevant situations. The ...

    Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

  • Integrating “The Classical” and “The Creative” in Literature: Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, and T. S. Eliot

    Author:Zhuyu Jiang

    Abstract: Impulses towards “the classical” and “the creative” both may function in literary goals and composition. Some critics pose these motives in opposition to each other but their relationship can be both complementary and contrasting. Such a point can find support in many literary critics’ argument, from Plato and Aristotle in the ancient world, to Alexander Pope and Wordsworth of later times...

    Vol. 2 No. 1 Jun 2018      Time:2019-07-10 View Citation

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