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Post-Prufrock Criticism: Dilettantes into Dialectics

Nicholas B. Mayer
Journal of Modern Literature
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Summer 2013), pp. 173-176
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/jmodelite.36.4.173
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Ellen Levy's Criminal Ingenuity explores the struggle between poetry and painting in American art and aesthetics, 1915–1975, from the Age of Eliot to the Age of Pollock. With Moore, Cornell, and Ashbery, Levy thaws the boundaries between the arts frozen by institutional modernism and shows the two-way flow between internal wounds and external conflicts — dynamics at once ideological, sexual, and aesthetic. Levy finds solutions to hierarchical structures of power associated with Eliot and Greenberg in ambivalence, surrealism, and negative dialectics.

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