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Orient and Orientalisms in US-American Poetry and Poetics

Sielke, Sabine / Kloeckner, Christian (eds.)

Orient and Orientalisms in US-American Poetry and Poetics

Series: Transcription - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2009

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 359 pp., num. fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-57608-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.480 kg, 1.058 lbs

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Book synopsis

This collection of essays explores the poetics and politics of US-American poetry’s diverse and distinct investments in the imaginary space of ‘the Orient’. Reading American poets – from Emily Dickinson to Frank Bidart, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Kimiko Hahn – the contributions show how tropes of the Orient have fabricated screens onto which we project matters by no means foreign, but very close to home. As we accompany American poets on their journeys East, we are bound to arrive in – culturally specific – territories of the West. Traversing cultural crossroads and rediscovering places as ‘exotic’ as Banyan ashrams and Bostonian living rooms, these expeditions shed new light on crucial moments of American literary and cultural history. And, on the way, they reassess what Edward Said, thirty years ago, conceived of as Orientalism, and how far this concept has travelled in the meantime.

Contents

Contents: Christian Kloeckner/Sabine Sielke: From «Drops - of India» to «Floors / Descending»: Orient and Orientalisms in US-American Poetry and Poetics. Introduction – Herwig Friedl: Emerson, Persian Poetry, and Sheikh Mosleho’d-Din Sa’di-ye Shirazi: The Hermeneutics of Hospitality – Liam Corley: «The Veil I Would Not Tear Away’: Rapprochement and Retreat in Bayard Taylor’s Poems of the Orient – Christa Buschendorf: Melville’s Clarel - Irreconcilable Contradictions, or: A Pilgrimage to Piranesi’s Carceri – Ranen Omer-Sherman: «The Orient Sun Gleams from the Eye»: Emma Lazarus’s Lyrics and the Tropes of Orientalism – Zhaoming Qian: Against Anti-Confucianism: Ezra Pound’s Encounter/Collision with a Chinese Modernist – R. John Williams: Modernist Scandals: Ezra Pound’s Translations of ‘the’ Chinese Poem – Simone Knewitz: Poetics of an Enclosed Garden: The Orient in Amy Lowell’s Pictures of the Floating World – Devin Zuber: «Poking Around in the Dust of Asia»: Wallace Stevens, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of the East – Frank Kearful: Robert Lowell and New England Orientalism: China Trade Rubble, an Open Porthole, and Irregular Japanese Touches – Anna Hartnell: Re-Drawing the East/West Boundary: Orientalizing Jewish Identity in Allen Ginsberg’s «Kaddish» – David Caplan: Forms of Exile: The Example of the Ghazal – Hannes Bergthaller: Orientalism and Millennarian Dialectics in Walt Whitman’s «Passage to India» and Gary Snyder’s Earth House Hold – Kornelia Freitag: «Holding the Pencil Like One Lonely Chopstick», or: Re-Writing the Gaze – Roger Sedarat: Veiling Hyphenated Identities: Iranian-American Poets’ Appropriation of Orientalism – Mihaela Moscaliuc: «Unbecoming, a desperate homesickness / even at home»: Kimiko Hahn and the Poetics of Exhumation.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Sabine Sielke is Chair of North American Literature and Culture and Director of the North American Studies Program, the German-Canadian Centre, and the Forum Women and Gender Studies at the University of Bonn.
Christian Kloeckner is Assistant Professor of North American Literature and Culture at the University of Bonn.

Series

Transcription. Cultures Concepts Controversies. Vol. 4
Edited by Sabine Sielke