This study examines Robert Penn Warren's poetry within the social and cultural dynamics of the Twentieth Century. The work fills a gap in Warren scholarship by problematizing and extending existing studies and initiating discussions on Warren's writings that have garnered little critical attention. This work contributes to scholarship by discussing how literature inadvertently perpetuates oppressive ideologies, how this is process is problematic, and proposes various strategies for working through these problems. The discussion goes on to apply this framework to the poetry of Robert Penn Warren, demonstrating both the practical difficulties of and the potential rewards for working through the ideological and discursive hazards that exist. The discussion concludes by exploring how identity informs and, too often, exasperates the promotion of a single plane of privilege and how this difficulty may be addressed. Additionally, the work contributes to the scholarship on Robert Penn Warren in a number of ways.
In general, it contends that an author too often overlooked or bracketed by the mainstream of literary studies confronts many of issues of greatest concern in the profession and, therefore, deserves a high profile within the scholarship. With those writings of Warren that have received a healthy amount of attention from Warren critics, the discussions problematize, extend, and fill in the gaps between existing studies as well as exploring new approaches. However, the work also initiates discussions on writings that have garnered little if any critical attention as well addressing thematic categories yet to be properly regarded.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd