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Repression and Recovery
Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910–1945
Cary Nelson

"The most successful attempt to date at a poststructuralist literary history. Nelson's book examines the forces that have bequeathed to us a literary academy in which most of modernism has been forgotten, and 'most of us. . . do not know that the knowledge is gone.' "
—Michael Bérubé, Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Nelson's book will make it impossible for anyone to think about either 'modern American poetry' or 'literary history' in quite the same way as before.... From its hauntingly successful premise (that the history of modernist culture is one we no longer know we have forgotten) to its recovery of the political questions so many forgotten modern poets looked straight in the eye, Repression and Recovery urges that we think about doing literary history so differently that this activity will always be in crisis, unsettling, even subversive." —Andrew Ross, Princeton University

Cary Nelson is professor of English and founding director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign.

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Repression and Recovery

October 1992  
LC: 89-040264 PS
264 pp.  6 x 9
8 color plates, 51 halftones

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ISBN 978-0-299-12344-4
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