My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Hopkins Studies in Modernism)

My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Hopkins Studies in Modernism)

Daniel Tiffany


Taking its identify from John Keats, My Silver Planet contends that the matter of elite poetry’s relation to pop culture bears the indelible mark of its turbulent incorporation of vernacular poetry―a legacy formed by way of nostalgia, contempt, and fraudulence. Daniel Tiffany reactivates and essentially redefines the idea that of kitsch, releasing it from modernist misapprehension and mock, through tracing its beginning to poetry’s alienation from the emergent classification of literature. Tiffany excavates the forgotten heritage of poetry’s relation to kitsch, starting with the exuberant revival of archaic (and usually spurious) ballads in Britain within the early eighteenth century. In those arguable occasions of poetic imposture, Tiffany identifies a submerged pact―in competition to the bourgeois values of literature―between elite and vernacular poetries.

Tiffany argues that the ballad revival―the earliest particular formation of what we now name well known culture―sparked a deadly yet possible impossible to resist flirtation (among elite audiences) with poetic forgery that endures at the present time within the ambiguity of the kitsch artifact: Is it actual or pretend, artwork or kitsch? He is going directly to hint the family tree of kitsch in texts starting from nursery rhymes and poetic melodrama to the lyric commodities of Baudelaire. He scrutinizes the fascist "paradise" inscribed in Ezra Pound’s Cantos in addition to the avant-garde poetry of the recent York college and its debt to pop and "plastic" paintings. by way of exposing and elaborating the ancient poetics of kitsch, My Silver Planet transforms our feel of kitsch as a class of fabric culture.

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