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The first collection of critical essays on May Swenson and her literary universe, Body My House initiates an academic conversation about an unquestionably major poet of the middle and late twentienth century. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, May Swenson produced eleven volumes of poetry, received many major awards, was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and was acclaimed by writers in virtually every school of American poetry.

Essays here address the breadth of Swenson's literary corpus and offer varied scholarly approaches to it. They reference Swenson manuscripts---poems, letters, diaries, and other prose---some of which have not been widely available before. Chapters focus on Swenson's work as a nature writer; the literary and social contexts of her writing; her national and international acclaim; her work as a translator; associations with other poets and writers (Bishop, Moore, and others); her creative process; and her profound explorations of gender and sexuality. The first full volume of scholarship on May Swenson, Body My House suggest an ambitious agenda for further work.

Contributors include Mark Doty, Gudrun Grabher, Cynthia Hogue, Suzann Juhasz, R.R. Knudson, Alicia Ostriker, Martha Nell Smith, Michael Spooner, Paul Swenson, and Kirstin Hotelling Zona.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. FOR MAY SWENSON
  2. p. 1
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. May Swenson Chronology
  2. pp. 8-10
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  1. The Love Poems and Letters of May Swenson
  2. pp. 11-26
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  1. A Figure in the Tapestry: The Poet’s Feeling Runs Ahead of Her Imagination (Greenwich Village, 1949–50)
  2. pp. 27-39
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  1. May Swenson: Whitman's Daughter
  2. pp. 40-54
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  1. May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop
  2. pp. 55-80
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  1. De-Cartesianizing the Universe: May Swenson’s Design of Wor(l)ds
  2. pp. 81-106
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  1. That Never Told CAN Be: May Swenson’s Manuscript Witnesses
  2. pp. 107-119
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  1. Material Girl: May Swenson’s Logopoetic Materialism
  2. pp. 120-137
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  1. May Swenson and Other Animals: Her Poetics of Natural Selection
  2. pp. 138-156
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  1. How Everything Happens: Notes on May Swenson’s Theory of Writing
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. The Queer Poetics of May Swenson
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. “Question” and More Questions: Two Shells for May Swenson
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. Bibliography of the Works of May Swenson
  2. pp. 205-238
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  1. Works Cited and Consulted
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 248-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 252-254
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874215434
Related ISBN
9780874216356
MARC Record
OCLC
123565028
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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