American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from by Kristen Case

By Kristen Case

Wittgenstein wrote that "philosophy ought rather to be written in basic terms as a sort of poetry." American poetry has lengthy engaged questions on topic and item, self and atmosphere, truth and mind's eye, actual and perfect that experience ruled the Western philosophical culture because the Enlightenment. Kristen Case's publication argues that American poets from Emerson to Susan Howe have answered to the valuable difficulties of Western philosophy by means of appearing, in language, the regularly moving relation among brain and global. Pragmatism, spotting the futility of philosophy's try to repair the mind/world relation, broadcasts the insights that those poets enact.
Pursuing the flights of pragmatist considering into poetry and poetics, Case lines an epistemology that emerges from American writing, together with that of Emerson, Marianne Moore, William James, and Charles Olson. right here brain and international are understood as inseparable, and the man or woman is considered, in Thoreau's phrases, "part and parcel of Nature." Case offers a brand new photo of twentieth-century American poetry that disrupts our experience of the universities and lineages of contemporary and postmodern poetics, arguing that literary background is so much appropriately figured as a dwelling box instead of a line. This publication could be of specific curiosity to students and scholars of pragmatism, transcendentalism, and twentieth-century American poetry.

Kristen Case is Assistant Professor of English on the college of Maine at Farmington.

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