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Rhythm constitutes an untapped resource for understanding poetry, making legible a range of ways poetry affects us that cannot be parsed through the traditional resources of poetic theory.

Rhythm has rich but also problematic roots in nineteenth-century notions of primitive, oral, communal, and sometimes racialized poetics. But there are reasons to understand and even embrace its seductions, including its resistance to lyrical voice and even identity. Pressing beyond poetry handbooks’ isolated descriptions of technique, the book asks what it means to think rhythm.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Ben Glaser
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Rhythm’s Critiques
  1. Why Rhythm?
  2. Jonathan Culler
  3. pp. 21-39
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  1. What Is Called Rhythm?
  2. David Nowell Smith
  3. pp. 40-59
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  1. Sordello’s Pristine Pulpiness
  2. Simon Jarvis
  3. pp. 60-84
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  1. Body, Throng, Race
  1. The Cadence of Consent: Francis Barton Gummere, Lyric Rhythm, and White Poetics
  2. Virginia Jackson
  3. pp. 87-105
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  1. Contagious Rhythm: Verse as a Technique of the Body
  2. Haun Saussy
  3. pp. 106-127
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  1. Constructing Walt Whitman: Literary History and Histories of Rhythm
  2. Erin Kappeler
  3. pp. 128-150
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  1. Beat and Count
  1. The Rhythms of the English Dolnik
  2. Derek Attridge
  3. pp. 153-173
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  1. How to Find Rhythm on a Piece of Paper
  2. Thomas Cable
  3. pp. 174-196
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  1. Picturing Rhythm
  2. Meredith Martin
  3. pp. 197-220
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  1. Fictions of Rhythm
  1. Beyond Meaning: Differing Fates of Some Modernist Poets’ Investments of Belief in Sounds
  2. Natalie Gerber
  3. pp. 223-246
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  1. Sapphic Stanzas: How Can We Read the Rhythm?
  2. Yopie Prins
  3. pp. 247-273
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  1. Rhythm and Affect in “Christabel”
  2. Ewan Jones
  3. pp. 274-296
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 297-298
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 299-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-310
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823282067
Related ISBN
9780823282043
MARC Record
OCLC
1076879939
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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