In this Book

University of Minnesota Press
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Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social "outsiders." Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein. "An engaging and important book. Damon's sophisticated, theoretical approaches to American verse, coupled with her fresh, writerly style in The Dark End of The Street, put her on the forefront of American poetry's next generation of literary criticism." -American Literature "A work of art as well as a work of criticism. Addresses important questions about art and social life, about the margins and the center, and about oppression and suppression." -George Lipsitz

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Pre-Monitions: Definitions, Explanations, Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xxi
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  1. 1. Introductions and Interdictions
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. 2. "Unmeaning Jargon" / Uncanonized Beatitude: Bob Kaufman, Poet
  2. pp. 32-76
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  1. 3. The Child Who Writes / The Child Who Died
  2. pp. 77-141
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  1. 4. Dirty Jokes and Angels: Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan Writing the Gay Community
  2. pp. 142-201
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  1. 5. Gertrude Stein's Doggerel "Yiddish": Women, Dogs, and Jews
  2. pp. 202-235
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  1. Afterword: Closer than Close
  2. pp. 236-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-278
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 279-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-303
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 304-305
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 306-306
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