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Poetry and the Fate of the Senses

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What is the role of the senses in the creation and reception of poetry? How does poetry carry on the long tradition of making experience and suffering understood by others? With Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Susan Stewart traces the path of the aesthetic in search of an explanation for the role of poetry in our culture. The task of poetry, she tells us, is to counter ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published January 20th 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2002)
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Mar 31, 2009 Ben rated it liked it
I had high expectations for this book -- high enough that when I got halfway through and realized I hadn't internalized anything Stewart had said, I started over at the beginning and took notes to keep me focused. And for that first half, it payed off. Stewart has lucid and interesting thoughts tracing the history of the various senses in literature, and the ways in which they show up in poetry.

Unfortunately, I thought the book lost focus in the second half. There were entire chapters that left
Aug 04, 2008 Carl is currently reading it
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I only have one chapter from this which was photocopied for a class on Interart/Intermedial Theory, but I've enjoyed that one chapter quite a bit. I need to buy the whole book and get through it. I don't remember if there was an explicit connection, but for some reason I associate this book with a guest lecture by Regina Bendix for the Dundes memorial series where Bendix got into the "sensorium" and the problematic nature of an intersubjective world, bridging the gap between individual experienc ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Jared rated it it was amazing
Liking this so far....absolutely not written in the plain style, and sometimes she's really a little too in love with her own way of saying some kinda obvious things, also a little too 'western' i guess, for me - I'm in the first section which is all kinda 'lightness/darkness' metaphors, but it's got some really awesome stuff on the Iliad.
Feb 23, 2008 Flora rated it liked it
Not her best. "On Longing" stands as one of the strangest, most beautifully-written works of literary criticism there is, and "Crimes of Writing" runs a close second.
Mar 17, 2016 Leah rated it liked it
Wonderful prose, very evocative, especially the first two chapters...
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Susan Stewart (born 1952) is an American poet, university professor and literary critic.

Professor Stewart holds degrees from Dickinson College (B.A. in English and Anthropology), the Johns Hopkins University (M.F.A. in Poetics) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Folklore). She teaches the history of poetry, aesthetics, and the philosophy of literature, most recently at Princeton Universi
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