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Title Body my house : May Swenson's work and life / edited by Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt
Published Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (254 pages) : illustrations
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Contents Introduction / Patricia M. Gantt -- May Swenson chronology / Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt -- The love poems and letters of May Swenson / R.R. Knudson -- A figure in the tapestry : the poet's feeling runs ahead of her imagination / Paul Swenson -- May Swenson : Whitman's daughter / Alicia Ostriker -- May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop / Kirstin Hotelling Zona -- De-Cartesianizing the universe : May Swenson's design of wor(l)ds / Gudrun M. Grabher -- That never told CAN be : May Swenson's manuscript witnesses / Martha Nell Smith -- Material girl : May Swenson's logopoetic materialism / Cynthia Hogue -- May Swenson and other animals : her poetics of natural selection / Paul Crumbley -- How everything happens : notes on May Swenson's theory of writing / Michael Spooner -- The queer poetics of May Swenson / Suzanne Juhasz -- "Question" and more questions : two shells for May Swenson / Mark Doty -- Bibliography of the works of May Swenson / compiled by Alice Geffen ; introduced by Carole Berglie
Summary 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
Bibliography "Bibliography of the works of May Swenson": pages 205-238
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-247) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Swenson, May -- Criticism and interpretation.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Crumbley, Paul, 1952-
Gantt, Patricia M., 1943-
LC no. 2006032514
ISBN 0874215439 (electronic bk.)
9780874215434 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; acid-free paper)
(cloth ; acid-free paper)