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Marianne Moore and China - Orientalism and a Writing of America

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Marianne Moore's poetry offers an extraordinarily rich site from which to analyse a tradition of American orientalism which focused upon China. Marianne Moore and China examines why she chose to participate in that tradition and analyses why her borrowing of Chinese models of all kinds - from poetry to painting and philosophy - was so critical to the formation of her verse. Moore's poetry is part of a long tradition of satirical critique in orientalist writing which finds its roots in English literature. In the early twentieth century, this tradition of critique in orientalist prose was adopted by American poets, who borrowed Far Eastern poetic models to permanently transform the ways in which poetry in English was being written by launching a literary assault upon what they saw as outmoded methods of versification. Moore used the Far East to express her own dissatisfaction with contemporary trends in the writing of poetry, and embraced the more ancient culture of China as a means of resisting the American habit of looking to Europe as a singular source of cultural tradition 'at home'. Moore employed features of the ancient Chinese fu technique in her poems and used images of Chinese supernatural creatures in an effort to establish an alternative to logic and narrative linearity and to facilitate the moral didacticism for which her poetry is known. Moore's use of Chinese painting theory and philosophy in the creation of her poems enabled her to explore alternatives to Western perspectival principles and to Western ways of narrating visual experience. Marianne Moore and China also examines the ways in which Chinese linguistic features provide Moore with models for her compound nouns and syntactical ellipses, and gathers evidence to show that her abiding concerns for precision, brevity and restraint have both Confucian and Puritan antecedents. Additionally, this book analyses the degree to which her collection of quotations, from which she fashions so many of her poems, and her citation of them in numerous appended notes, are complicit in the same process of acquisition and display which characterizes the activity of the museum, the preoccupations of the curio-collector, and the pursuit of minute detail in orientalist discourse generally. Moore's consistent ingenuity in employing Chinese forms and methods makes her work a particularly fruitful source for investigating orientalism and its contribution to modern poetry.

Condition: dust jacket is is fine condition with only slight signs of rubbing. The book is like new condition with little signs of wear.

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Author(s):
Stamy, Cynthia
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0198184603
ISBN-13:
9780198184607
Number of pages:
220
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Marianne Moore and China - Orientalism and a Writing of America

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Marianne Moore's poetry offers an extraordinarily rich site from which to analyse a tradition of American orientalism which focused upon China. Marianne Moore and China examines why she chose to participate in that tradition and analyses why her borrowing of Chinese models of all kinds - from poetry to painting and philosophy - was so critical to the formation of her verse. Moore's poetry is part of a long tradition of satirical critique in orientalist writing which finds its roots in English literature. In the early twentieth century, this tradition of critique in orientalist prose was adopted by American poets, who borrowed Far Eastern poetic models to permanently transform the ways in which poetry in English was being written by launching a literary assault upon what they saw as outmoded methods of versification. Moore used the Far East to express her own dissatisfaction with contemporary trends in the writing of poetry, and embraced the more ancient culture of China as a means of resisting the American habit of looking to Europe as a singular source of cultural tradition 'at home'. Moore employed features of the ancient Chinese fu technique in her poems and used images of Chinese supernatural creatures in an effort to establish an alternative to logic and narrative linearity and to facilitate the moral didacticism for which her poetry is known. Moore's use of Chinese painting theory and philosophy in the creation of her poems enabled her to explore alternatives to Western perspectival principles and to Western ways of narrating visual experience. Marianne Moore and China also examines the ways in which Chinese linguistic features provide Moore with models for her compound nouns and syntactical ellipses, and gathers evidence to show that her abiding concerns for precision, brevity and restraint have both Confucian and Puritan antecedents. Additionally, this book analyses the degree to which her collection of quotations, from which she fashions so many of her poems, and her citation of them in numerous appended notes, are complicit in the same process of acquisition and display which characterizes the activity of the museum, the preoccupations of the curio-collector, and the pursuit of minute detail in orientalist discourse generally. Moore's consistent ingenuity in employing Chinese forms and methods makes her work a particularly fruitful source for investigating orientalism and its contribution to modern poetry.

Condition: dust jacket is is fine condition with only slight signs of rubbing. The book is like new condition with little signs of wear.

Author(s):
Stamy, Cynthia
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0198184603
ISBN-13:
9780198184607
Number of pages:
220
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Marianne Moore and China - Orientalism and a Writing of America

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