The Poetics of Fascism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Paul de Man

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Oxford University Press, Feb 29, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
Morrison examines the legacy of the modernist poetics of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, as it relates to current theoretical orthodoxies, and traces its influence on the current crisis in post-structural literary theory. Morrison reads the politics of post-structural theory in relation to the socio-cultural arguments espoused in the poetry and prose by Pound and Eliot, and reveals a continuity between that theory and high modernism's tendency towards fascism. Without reducing the political implications of poetry to mere caricature and without slighting the force and fact of literary mediation, Morrison has produced a book that will reshape the discussion of the social dimension of modernism. He concludes with a provocative analysis of deconstruction and the work of Paul de Man, and makes a case for a new post-structural theory that can accommodate history.
 

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Contents

Modernism for the Other People
3
Ezra Pound The Poetics of Money
16
TranslatioTranslation Transportation
20
Carceral Poetics
36
Jewspapers
47
TS Eliot The Poetics of Failure
60
The name that the family use daily
69
Cartesian Poetics
77
The corpse you planted
89
Paul De Man The Poetics of Collaboration
109
Symmetrical Reversals
116
The unthinkable structure
122
The best legacies
127
Notes
147
Index
171
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