By Jonathan Levin
Levin attracts at the pragmatist and neopragmatist writings of William James, John Dewey, George Santayana, Richard Rorty, and Cornel West to light up the paintings of modernist literature. In flip, he illuminates the poetic imperatives of pragmatism by means of tracing the ways that Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Wallace Stevens seize the instant of transition—a paradoxical second that, as soon as it truly is represented in language or artwork, calls for its personal perpetual overcoming. all through, he explores how modernist writers, who're masters at recording such “illegible” moments of transition of their poetry and prose, considerably give a contribution to an elevated knowing of pragmatism and its underlying aesthetics. via linking Emerson with the revolutionary philosophy of turn-of-the-century pragmatism and the experimentation of yankee literary modernism, Levin deals new perception into Emerson’s lasting effect on later American philosophers, novelists, and poets.
The Poetics of Transition will curiosity students and scholars within the fields of literary feedback, neopragmatism, literary modernism, and American literature.
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The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, and American Literary Modernism (New Americanists) by Jonathan Levin