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By Kristen Case

Wittgenstein wrote that "philosophy ought quite to be written in basic terms as a sort of poetry." American poetry has lengthy engaged questions about topic and item, self and atmosphere, truth and mind's eye, actual and perfect that experience ruled the Western philosophical culture because the Enlightenment. Kristen Case's ebook argues that American poets from Emerson to Susan Howe have replied to the crucial difficulties of Western philosophy by way of appearing, in language, the constantly moving relation among brain and global. Pragmatism, spotting the futility of philosophy's try to repair the mind/world relation, pronounces the insights that those poets enact.
Pursuing the flights of pragmatist pondering into poetry and poetics, Case lines an epistemology that emerges from American writing, together with that of Emerson, Marianne Moore, William James, and Charles Olson. right here brain and international are understood as inseparable, and the person is thought of as, in Thoreau's phrases, "part and parcel of Nature." Case provides a brand new photo of twentieth-century American poetry that disrupts our feel of the colleges and lineages of contemporary and postmodern poetics, arguing that literary heritage is such a lot safely figured as a residing box instead of a line. This ebook may be of specific curiosity to students and scholars of pragmatism, transcendentalism, and twentieth-century American poetry.

Kristen Case is Assistant Professor of English on the college of Maine at Farmington.

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