Literary Criticism and Poetics

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Robert Duncan and the Pragmatist Sublime

James Maynard

This study examines the theoretical underpinnings of Robert Duncan’s poetry and poetics. The author’s overriding concern is Duncan’s understanding of excess in relation to poetry and the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead, William James, and John Dewey.


James Maynard is the curator of the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo. His edition of Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose received the Poetry Foundation’s 2014 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is currently editing a volume of Duncan’s uncollected prose.

6.125 x 9.25 in. 248 pages 1 halftone