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Archive, Canvas, Stage: Extraliterary Dynamics of Modernist Performance Paper: “Is Ray Johnson Marianne Moore?: Dialogic Celebrity”

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Gregory enlivens the strategic implications of quotation, reevaluating the ways textual collage was deployed to differing, often contradictory ends by modern American poets. Her emphasis on the cultural implications of American modernist quotation is especially valuable for readers interested in questions of periodization and Anglo-American literary relations. By deepening our sense of modernism's usable past, Gregory offers a structure for understanding how modern American poets risked silence by identifying themselves with secondariness, and how they transformed this risk into a strategy 'that hinders to succeed.'
—Tony Trigilio, Northeastern University,
in American Literature (March1998)

In a rich and multi-layered interpretation, Elizabeth Gregory suggests that Moore is revising Emerson's practice of quotation in the multiply embedded voices of [of the poem] 'Silence,' and asserting the 'realm of the secondary' as the ground of authority. She argues further that the poem's endorsement of silence may be a way for the woman poet to '[request] the silence of others in order that she may work.
—Stacy Carson Hubbard, SUNY Buffalo

It is as fine a book-length study of modern American poetry as I have seen.
—Perry Meisel, New York University

Quotation and Modern American Poetry is original, persuasive, highly readable, rich in its referential scope, sophisticated in its mastery of twentieth-century criticism, strong and subtle in its readings of individual poems and passages.
—Alicia Ostriker, Rutgers University

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