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Critical Rhythm: The Poetics of a Literary Life Form

Ben Glaser and Jonathan Culler


This collection intervenes in recent debates over formalism, historicism, poetics, and lyric by focusing on one of literary criticism’s most important, most vested, and perhaps least well-defined or definable terms. Rhythm in these essays is at once a defamiliarizing aesthetic force and an unstable concept. It is a key term through which Romantic, Modern, and contemporary literary theory define form, either in conversation with or opposition to meter. It has rich but also problematic roots in still-lingering nineteenth-century notions of primitive, oral, communal, and sometimes racialized poet ... More

Keywords: history of criticism, lyric, meter, Modernism, poetics, prosody, rhythm, Romantic poetry, scansion, Victorian poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282043
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282043.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Glaser, editor
Yale University

Jonathan Culler, editor
Cornell University

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