Abstract

This chapter discusses a key instance in the transatlantic circulation of queer and homoerotic poetry during the twentieth century, namely the impact of the work of the German poet Stefan George and the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca on the poetry written by various members of the Berkeley Renaissance during the late 1950s (in particular, the poets Robert Duncan, Robin Blaser, and Jack Spicer). Whereas the poetry of Stefan George constitutes a crucial body of work for establishing the queer ethos of Duncan, Blaser, and Spicer's collective, the importance of Lorca as a fellow homosexual poet was fundamental for the development of their experimental poetry, especially as manifested in the work of Spicer and Duncan. Moreover, I analyze how the queerness of Lorca's poetry, as rediscovered in particular by Spicer in After Lorca, is closely related to Lorca's own queer poetic response in Poet in New York to the work of Walt Whitman, perhaps the most influential gay poet within the Anglo-American tradition.

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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823252145
Related ISBN
9780823251780
MARC Record
OCLC
847623353
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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