Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley, and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry


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University of Iowa Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Critic and scholar, poet and essayist with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, Rachel Blau DuPlessis is professor emerita at Temple University, with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry. She is the author of Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work and The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice.Purple Passages completes this feminist trilogy of essays on poetry and poetics. Among her numerous other books are Writing beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers, H.D.: The Career of That Struggle, and Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934. Since 1986, DuPlessis has been engaged in a long poem project, collected in several book-length installments.


"In Purple Passages, Rachel Blau DuPlessis again brings her considerable critical skills to bear on the implications of gender in poetry. Here, her focus is on contemporary poetry by men, but it is equally a book about the impact of nascent feminism on a generation of poets who forged homosocial bonds to reinforce beset masculinity or, perhaps more subtly, ward off moral panic. Purple Passages will be welcomed by longtime fans of DuPlessis's other books and by new scholars of modernist poetry anxious to explore the gender politics of modern poets. It will also serve as a model of how feminist scholarship can--must--be adapted to the study of masculinity."--Michael Davidson, author, Guys Like Us and Concerto for the Left Hand

"In writing that nods to various ways her analyses mean and might mean, Rachel Blau DuPlessis's Purple Passages is situated within a discussion current in U.S. poetry criticism--that is, it is a conversation among friends, some of whom are also poet-critics. Nevertheless, DuPlessis also writes within a more generalized U.S. critical language of literary and cultural studies. I appreciate that situatedness, just as I admire her assiduousness in mentioning, crediting, including, and writing in relation to recent relevant U.S. and U.K. critical work."--Lisa Samuels, author, Mama Mortality Corridos and Anti M