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Powers of Possibility: Experimental American Writing since the 1960s

Alex Houen


In The Meaning of Contemporary Realism (1957) Georg Lukács discussed how the power struggle of the Cold War made it all the more pressing for literary writers to present ‘concrete potentialities’ of individual character in novel ways. In this book Alex Houen explores how American experimental writers since the 1960s have set about presenting exactly that while engaging with specific issues of social power. The book's five chapters cover a range of writers, literary genres, and political issues, including: Allen Ginsberg's anti‐Vietnam War poems; LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and Black Power theatre ... More

Keywords: potentiality, experimental writing, postmodernism, avant‐garde, affects, performativity, power, American literature, Cold War, possible worlds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Houen, author
University Lecturer in Modern Literature, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

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