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Orient and Orientalisms in US-American Poetry and Poetics

by Sabine Sielke (Volume editor) Christian Klöckner (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 360 Pages
Series: Transcription, Volume 4

Summary

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.

Details

Pages
360
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631576083
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 359 pp., num. fig.

Biographical notes

Sabine Sielke (Volume editor) Christian Klöckner (Volume editor)

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.

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Title: Orient and Orientalisms in US-American Poetry and Poetics