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My Silver Planet (borrowing its title from John Keats) contends that the insoluble problem of elite poetry’s relation to popular culture bears the indelible stamp of its turbulent incorporation of vernacular poetry—a legacy shaped by nostalgia, contempt, and fraudulence. Daniel Tiffany reactivates and fundamentally redefines the concept of kitsch, freeing it from modernist misapprehension and ridicule. He excavates the forgotten history of poetry’s relation to kitsch, beginning with the exuberant revival of archaic (and often spurious) ballads in Britain in the early eighteenth century. Tiffany argues that the ballad revival—the earliest formation of what we now call popular culture—sparked a dubious but seemingly irresistible flirtation with poetic forgery that endures today in the ambiguity of the kitsch artifact: is it real or fake, art or kitsch? He goes on to trace the genealogy of kitsch in texts ranging from nursery rhymes and poetic melodrama to the lyric commodities of Baudelaire. He scrutinizes the Fascist “paradise” inscribed in Ezra Pound’s Cantos, as well as the poetry of the New York School and its debt to pop and “plastic” art. By exposing and elaborating the historical poetics of kitsch, My Silver Planet transforms our sense of kitsch as a category of material culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. 1. Arresting Poetry: Kitsch, Totality, Expression
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Poetic Diction and the Substance of Kitsch
  2. pp. 18-39
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  1. 3. Miscreant: Dialectics and the Persistence of the Commonplace
  2. pp. 40-61
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  1. 4. The Spurious Progeny of Bare Nature
  2. pp. 62-72
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  1. 5. Illiterature
  2. pp. 73-107
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  1. 6. Queer Idylls: Imposture, Inversion, Unknowing
  2. pp. 108-133
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  1. 7. Kitsching the Cantos: Totality, Fascism, and les Paradis Artificiels
  2. pp. 134-168
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  1. 8. Junk: A Shopper’s Guide to Poetic Language (and the New York School)
  2. pp. 169-209
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  1. 9. Inventing Clichés: The Lost Legacy of Baudelaire’s Muddy Halo
  2. pp. 210-230
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-301
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421411460
Related ISBN
9781421411453
MARC Record
OCLC
870305354
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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