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"I think of cinemas" The poetry of Hart Crane and the promise of film

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Description: This study takes a line from Hart Crane's "Proem" to The Bridge , "I think of cinemas, panoramic sleights," as an invitation to analyze the ways and extent to which film inflected Hart Crane's poetics, and the poetry of literary modernism at large. As a genre many considered ill-equipped for the challenges of urban-industrial modernity, poetry, and particularly Crane's poetry, proved particularly sensitive in registering film's aggressive reconfiguration of the aesthetic hierarchy in America, seeing as it did in the new medium a model for reinventing its own methods in the 1910s and 1920s. Film, I argue, is the crucial, critically ignored element in contextualizing what I call a modernist poetry of "sight" over "sound," by which the threadbare discourse of private selves is exchanged for the vistas of public vision, enjoyed in cinemas, and potentially, but problematically, in poetry.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work