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Nicholls, Peter 1950-

Works: 14 works in 134 publications in 2 languages and 5,757 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Reference works  Encyclopedias  History  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Peter Nicholls
George Oppen and the fate of modernism by Peter Nicholls( )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Regard for George Oppen's poetry has been growing steadily over the last decade. Peter Nicholls's study offers a timely opportunity to engage with a body of work which can be both luminously simple and intriguingly opaque. Nicholls charts Oppen's commitment to Marxism and his later explorations of a 'poetics of being' inspired by Heidegger and Existentialism, providing detailed accounts of each of the poet's books. He is the first critic to draw extensively on the Oppen archive, with its thousands of pages of largely unpublished notes and drafts for poems; in doing so, he is able to map the distinctive contours of Oppen's poetic thinking and to investigate the complex origins of many of his poems. Oppen emerges from this study as a writer of mercurial intensities for whom every poem constitutes a 'beginning again', a freeing of the mind from thoughts known in advance. A strikingly innovative and challenging poetics results from Oppen's attempt to avoid what he regards as the errors of the modernist avant-garde and to create instead a designedly 'impoverished' aesthetic which keeps poetry close to the grain of experience and to the political and ethical dilemmas it constantly poses."--Jacket
On bathos by Sara Crangle( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While the sublime has garnered a great deal of critical attention over the past twenty years, its counterpart, bathos, has yet to receive any extended treatment. Generally understood as an inadvertent descent to the low, vulgar, and ludicrous in writing or art, the term "bathos" was popularised by Pope, who used it to satirise his contemporaries. Ironically likening bathos to the depths of profundity, Pope lauded his peers for their influential writings whilst openly deriding their absurd misuses of figure and rhetorical device. Pope's method proved prophetic: today, artists regularly celebrat
Modernisms : a literary guide by Peter Nicholls( Book )

46 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The recent enthusiasm for things postmodern has often produced a caricature of Modernism as monolithic and reactionary. In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Nicholls argues that the distinctive feature of Modernism is its diversity. Through original analytic accounts of each of the main movements, he explores the ways in which the new stylistic developments were closely bound up with a shifting politics of gender and authority." "Modernisms introduces the reader to a wealth of literary experiment, beginning in the nineteenth-century world of Baudelaire and Mallarme and moving forward into the recognizably modern one of the first avant-gardes. Close readings of key texts monitor the explosive histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism - hisotires which allow the familiar terrain of Anglo-American modernism to be seen in a strikingly different light."--Jacket
The Cambridge history of twentieth-century English literature( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new Cambridge History is the first major history of twentieth-century English literature to cover the full range of writing in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The volume also explores the impact of writing from the former colonies on English literature of the period and analyses the ways in which conventional literary genres were shaped and inflected by the new cultural technologies of radio, cinema and television. In providing an authoritative narrative of literary and cultural production across the century, this History acknowledges the claims for innovation and modernisation that characterise the beginning of the period."--Jacket
Ezra Pound : politics, economics, and writing : a study of The cantos by Peter Nicholls( Book )

13 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruskin and modernism by Giovanni Cianci( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The extent of John Ruskin's influence has long been acknowledged, though his impact on the development of Anglo-American modernism has received little systematic attention. In this volume, published to mark the centenary of Ruskin's death, a group of international scholars consider what is often an awkward and conflicted relation. Ruskin's voluminous writings are seen to shelter an incipient modernism whose antipathy to a degraded modernity, powerfully predicts a major current within the work of the new century
Ezra Pound et William Carlos Williams : pour une poétique américaine by Hélène Aji( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in French and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regarding the popular : modernism, the avant-garde, and high and low culture( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regarding the Popular charts the complex relationship between the avant-gardes and modernisms on the one hand and popular culture on the other. Covering (neo-)avant-gardists and modernists from various European countries, this second volume in the series European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies explores the nature of so-called “low” culture, dealing with aspects as diverse as the everyday and the folkloric. Regarding the Popular charts the many ways in which the allegedly “high” modernists and avant-gardists looked at and represented the “low”. As such, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in the dynamic of modern experimental arts and literatures
Thinking poetry( )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection brings together some of the most prominent critics of contemporary poetry and some of the most significant poets working in the English language today, to offer a critical assessment of the nature and function of poetic thought. Working at once with questions of form, literary theory and philosophy, this volume gives an extraordinarily diverse, original and mobile account of the kind of 'thinking' that poetry can do
The Encyclopedia of science fiction by John Clute( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathers information about science fiction history, publishers, authors, motion pictures, novels, concepts, and themes
Ezra Pound : politics, economics, and writing by Peter Nicholls( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville : scepticism, cynicism, and the Memoirs of a Greek by Peter Nicholls( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The essay emphasizes the importance of Herman Melville's 1849/1850 visit to London and the Continent, paying particular attention to the books he purchased at this time (listed in his Journal). I argue that in the period leading up to the composition of Moby-Dick, Melville was particularly drawn to essayistic prose and that this provided for him a means of exploring his own intellectual scepticism. At the same time, he was clearly interested in the tradition of picaresque fiction that exhibited a more extreme form of cynicism. My essay charts this development in his thinking by exploring his reading of a forgotten picaresque novel by Thomas Hope, Anastasius, or the Memoirs of a Greek. I suggest that this work had a formative influence on Melville's last novel, The Confidence-Man. --
Wyndham Lewis annual( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

90's fictions( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Cambridge history of twentieth-century English literature
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