Volume 8, concerned with works of poetry and criticism written between 1940 and the present, brings together two different sets of materials and narrative forms: the aesthetic and the institutional. Discarding the traditional synoptic overview of major figures, von Hallberg, Graff, and Carton settle in favor of a history from the inside--a history of interstices and relations, equal to the task of considering the contexts of art, power, and criticism in which it is set.
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The Cambridge History of American Literature addresses a broad spectrum of new and established directions in all branches of American writing. Volume VIII is concerned with works of poetry and criticism written between 1940 and today, exploring contexts of art, power, and cultural critique.