The Rhetoric of Self in Robert Bly and Adrienne Rich

Doubling and the Holotropic Urge

by Paul Wadden (Author)
Monographs X, 160 Pages
Series: Studies in Modern Poetry, Volume 14


This book pushes beyond modern/postmodern dichotomies to show how Robert Bly and Adrienne Rich, two of America’s most prominent poets, engage in a process that is both dialectic and holotropic as they continually create – through doubling – fuller and more fluid self-identity. Ultimately, their use of alter-selves to deepen their subjectivity and transform otherness expands their voice and vision, culminating late in their careers in a polyphony of self. Bridging literary scholarship and writing pedagogy, this book concludes by illustrating how the two poets’ writing practices offer invigorating models and departure points for writing students in contemporary literature and composition classrooms.


X, 160
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. X, 160 pp., 1 ill.

Biographical notes

Paul Wadden (Author)

The Author: Paul Wadden is the author of numerous articles on literature and literary studies appearing in College Literature, Mediations, and The Hemingway Review, among other journals. His essays on politics and culture have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines. He received his Ph.D. in English from Illinois State University and currently teaches English at International Christian University, Tokyo.


Title: The Rhetoric of Self in Robert Bly and Adrienne Rich