The Limits of American Literary Ideology in Pound and Emerson (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)

  • Publish Date: 1994-01-28
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Cary Wolfe
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This study analyzes the power, allure, and consequences of radical individualism and the kind of cultural critique it generates in the major figure of American Romanticism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the central figure of American modernism, Ezra Pound. Both writers set out to criticize and heal the dissociation of ethics, economics, and politics that they saw as the alienating cultural consequence of capitalism. But because their vision of the inalienable individual was modeled on the structure and logic of private property, they reproduced the very contradictions and alienations that they set out to critique and overcome in their ambitious cultural projects.