Objects Observed: The Poetry of Things in Twentieth-Century France and America

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - American poetry - 320 pages

Objects Observed explores the central place given to the object by a number of poets in France and in America in the twentieth century. John C. Stout provides comprehensive examinations of Pierre Reverdy, Francis Ponge, Jean Follain, Guillevic, and Jean Tortel. Stout argues that the object furnishes these poets with a catalyst for creating a new poetics and for reflecting on lyric as a genre. In France, the object has been central to a broad range of aesthetic practices, from the era of Cubism and Surrealism to the 1990s. In the heyday of American Modernism, several major poets foregrounded the object in their work; however, in postwar twentieth-century America, poets moved away from a focus on the object. Objects Observed illuminates the variety of aesthetic practices and positions in French and American poets from the years of high Modernism (1909-1930) to the 1990s.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Object in Modernism in the United States and France
12
Pierre Reverdys Aesthetics of Impersonality
60
Francis Ponges Verbal Still Lifes
89
Jean Follains MetaPoetics of the Object
125
Guillevics Poetry and ObjectRelations Theory
156
6 Jean Tortels Poetics of the Desiring Gaze
197
Contemporary French Poetry
220
Two Traditions
282
Notes
287
Bibliography
297
Index
315
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John C. Stout is an associate professor in the Department of French at McMaster University.

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