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Author White, Gillian C., 1968-
Title Lyric shame : the "lyric" subject of contemporary American poetry / Gillian White.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2014.

Subject American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
American poetry -- 21st century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Emotions in literature.
Description 1 online resource (350 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents You ought to be ashamed (but aren't): Elizabeth Bishop and the subject of lyric -- Something for someone: Anne Sexton, interpretation, and the shame of the confessional -- "Speaking in effect": identifying (with) Bernadette Mayer's shamed expressive practice -- Tired of myself: the 1990s & the 'lyric' shame poem -- afterword.
Summary Gillian White argues that the poetry wars among critics and practitioners are shaped by "lyric shame"--An unspoken but pervasive embarrassment over what poetry is, should be, and fails to be. "Lyric" is less a specific genre than a way to project subjectivity onto poems--an idealized poem that is nowhere and yet everywhere.
Note In English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780674736313 (electronic book)
0674736311 (electronic book)
9780674734395 (cloth)
0674734394 (cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 10.4159/harvard.9780674736313
OCLC # 891590055
Additional Format Print version: White, Gillian C., 1968- Lyric shame 9780674734395 (DLC) 2014004433 (OCoLC)876000066