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Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture

Andrew Epstein


Attention Equals Life examines why a quest to pay attention to daily life has increasingly become a central feature of both contemporary American poetry and the wider culture of which it is a part. Drawing on theories and debates about the nature of everyday life from fields in the humanities, this book traces the modern history of this preoccupation and considers why it is so much with us today. Attention Equals Life argues that it is no coincidence a potent hunger for everyday life exploded in the post-1945 period. This cultural need could be seen as a reaction to rapid and dislocating cultu ... More

Keywords: contemporary poetry, everyday life, attention, avant-garde, pragmatism, James Schuyler, A. R. Ammons, Ron Silliman, Bernadette Mayer, Kenneth Goldsmith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199972128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199972128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Epstein, author
Associate Professor of English, Florida State University