The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, and American by Jonathan Levin PDF

By Jonathan Levin

ISBN-10: 0822322773

ISBN-13: 9780822322771

ISBN-10: 082232296X

ISBN-13: 9780822322962

The Poetics of Transition examines the relationship among American pragmatism and literary modernism by way of targeting the concept that of transition as a subject matter universal to either activities. Jonathan Levin starts off with the Emersonian idea that transition—the flow from one nation or situation to a different or, alternately, the figural enactment of that movement—is infused with energy. He then deals a revisionary studying of the pragmatists’ view of the permeability of subjective and aim geographical regions and of the way American literary modernists level this permeability within the language and kind of their writing.
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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