Adrienne Rich: The Moment of Change

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 277 pages


Although best known as a poet, Adrienne Rich is a versatile critic and a gifted writer of nonfiction and critical theory. Writing in the oracular tradition of Whitman and Dickinson, she affirms the will to change as an enduring commitment in her life and poetry.One of America's most outspoken literary figures, her courage in speaking out against injustice in the United States and worldwide has earned her the kind of international political following few American poets enjoy. This book is a much-needed comprehensive study of her life and career. It covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. In doing so, it clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality.

The volume covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. It clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality. In doing so, it draws on a vast body of literary, theoretical, and cultural scholarship. While the book offers a thorough study of Rich and her works, it also examines the critical reaction that her controversial writings have engendered.

 

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Contents

Introduction A Woman Sworn to Lucidity
1
Beginnings Deliberate Detachment and Conscious Craft
9
Eruptions of the Female Psyche
39
New Poetry Enters the World
71
Seeing Is Changing Writing Is Renaming
97
To Be an American Woman
127
A New Relationship to the Universe
159
Here Is a Map of Our Country
187
Poetrys Inadmissible Untimely Messenger
209
A Revolutionary Textual Strategy Embodying the Materiality of Womens Experience
223
Fox Postmodern Adrienne Rich
241
Notes
249
Bibliography
259
Index of Adrienne Richs Works
269
General Index
273
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CHERI COLBY LANGDELL is Adjunct Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

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