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Epic Negation: The Dialectical Poetics of Late Modernism

C.D. Blanton


This book examines the dialectical turn of modernist poetry over the interwar period, arguing that late modernism inverts the method of Ezra Pound’s “poem including history” to conceive a negated mode of epic, predicated on the encryption of disarticulated historical content. Compelled to register the force of a totality it cannot represent, this negated epic reorients the function of poetic language and reference, remaking the poem, and late modernism generally, as a critical instrument of dialectical reason. Part I reads The Waste Land alongside the review it prefaced, The Criterion, arguing ... More

Keywords: epic, negation, dialectics, modernist, poetry, late modernism, interwar period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844715
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C.D. Blanton, author
University of California, Berkeley