Women's Poetry and Popular Culture

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
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Bringing a fresh approach to the field, this study shows that poems by women do not always subvert the mainstream, the media, and the marketplace. With explorations of both Hollywood films, household advertising, children’s books, mass magazines, and tabloid journalism as well as the poetry of H.D., Stevie Smith, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Ai, and Carol Ann Duffy, Marsha Bryant assesses the counterintuitive innovations that these poets fashion through popular culture. Bridging feminist and cultural studies, this book analyzes the ways in which British and American women poets often operate as cultural insiders, consuming music, movies, and magazines through poems that do not always conform to appropriation or critique.

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Marsha Bryant is an associate professor of English at the University of Florida. She is the author of Auden and Documentary in the 1930s, and editor of Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature. Her work has appeared in American Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/modernity, Mosaic, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Bryant is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Women’s Writing.

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