By Jonathan Levin
Levin attracts at the pragmatist and neopragmatist writings of William James, John Dewey, George Santayana, Richard Rorty, and Cornel West to light up the paintings of modernist literature. In flip, he illuminates the poetic imperatives of pragmatism by means of tracing the ways that Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Wallace Stevens trap the instant of transition—a paradoxical second that, as soon as it really is represented in language or paintings, calls for its personal perpetual overcoming. all through, he explores how modernist writers, who're masters at recording such “illegible” moments of transition of their poetry and prose, considerably give a contribution to an multiplied figuring out of pragmatism and its underlying aesthetics. through linking Emerson with the innovative philosophy of turn-of-the-century pragmatism and the experimentation of yank literary modernism, Levin deals new perception into Emerson’s lasting effect on later American philosophers, novelists, and poets.
The Poetics of Transition will curiosity students and scholars within the fields of literary feedback, neopragmatism, literary modernism, and American literature.
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The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, and American Literary Modernism (New Americanists) by Jonathan Levin