Future-Founding Poetry: Topographies of Beginnings from Whitman to the Twenty-First Century (European Studies in North American Literature and Culture)

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No scholarly work has yet addressed the topic of beginnings in American poetry in sufficient scope or detail or adequate theoretical background. Although issues of futurity have become more and more central to literary and cultural studies in recent years, especially in environmental criticism, the study of poetry has been regrettably absent. This book is a study of how beginnings are made in American poetry. It borrows Walt Whitman's term "future-founding" to establish a theory of poetic beginnings that asks how poetry relates to notions of the future and how it imagines, constructs, and influences this future in the present. Furthermore, it seeks to change the way literary scholars think about futurity with regard to American poetry: they most often conceive of it in terms of newness alone, yet a deeper theorization of beginnings must open up our way of understanding the complexities of this relation. With chapters on Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Allen Ginsberg, and future-founding poetry after 9/11, this book explains how American poetry makes its beginnings, with what means and to which political and aesthetic ends, and how it addresses fundamental questions about the nature of futurity itself. Sascha Pöhlmann is Associate Professor of American Literary History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

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Employing philosophical theory and deft, detailed analysis, Pöhlmann explores "future-founding poetry," an aesthetic and political mode of "making and marking beginnings" ... of cultivating the future in the present; of negotiating the extremes of uncertainty and determinacy; of connecting beginnings to an "imagination of place." CHOICE Sascha Pöhlmann's thrilling and ambitious study is a condensation of many strands . . . (of) Whitmanian American thought into the term of "future-founding." . . . Pöhlmann's study is an exhilarating return to the living presence of the Whitmanian spirit that keeps nourishing the American poetic culture. It is also a very interesting (attempt at) capturing the perennial future orientation of this culture. POLISH JOURNAL OF AMERICAN STUDIES Future Founding Poetry is a meticulously written study whose carefully constructed theoretical framework highlights the aesthetic strategies of poetic temporality and poetry's inherent political character. The detailed close readings of the poems provide novel perspectives on the individual authors' works as well as on the temporal dimensions of the genre of poetry as a whole. AMERIKASTUDIEN

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