Phenomenology and the Late Twentieth-Century American Long Poem

  • Matthew Carbery

Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)

About this book


Phenomenology and the Late Twentieth-Century American Long Poem reads major figures including Charles Olson, Lyn Hejinian, Nathaniel Mackey, Susan Howe and Rachel Blau DuPlessis within a new approach to the long poem tradition. Through a series of contextualised close readings, it explores the ways in which American poets developed their poetic forms by engaging with a variety of European phenomenologists, including Hannah Arendt, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Consolidating recent materials on the role of Continental Philosophy in American poetics, this book explores the theoretical and historical contexts in which avant-garde poets have developed radically new methods of making poems long. Matthew Carbery offers a timely commentary on a number of major works of American poetry whilst providing ground-breaking research into the wider philosophical context of late twentieth-century poetic experimentation.


American long form poem avant-garde poetry experimental poetry philosophy and poetry Susan Howe Rachel Blau DuPlessis Charles Olson Merleau-Ponty Derrida Continental Philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Carbery
    • 1
  1. 1.Plymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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