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Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Matthew Hart


This book explores what happens when poets identify vernacular language with the spirit of transnational modernity. It asks whether vernacular poetries are doomed to be provincial or implicitly xenophobic. And it explains how modernist poets created new “synthetic vernacular” discourses in order to reimagine the relations among people, their languages, and the communities in which they live. This book begins with introductory chapters on the formal, literary‐historical, and ideological implications of “synthetic vernacular” writing. It then offers five case studies of Scottish, English, C ... More

Keywords: modernism, transnationalism, nation‐state, synthetic vernacular, poetry, political approaches to literature, historical approaches to literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390339
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Hart, author
Columbia University