The Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem


The Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem
Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities
Edinburgh University Press
Janvier 2021
360 pages
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A collection of original essays providing critical, international and cross-disciplinary approaches to the prose poem

  • Provides the first international and comparative approach to the prose poem
  • Includes chapters on non-Western avatars of the genre
  • Covers the history of the prose poem from Baudelaire to present

The first comprehensive guide to the prose poem, this book covers the history of the genre from Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la nuit and Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen to its most important modern and contemporary practitioners. It gives special attention to the genre’s hybridity as well as to its propensity to engage in a dialogue with other genres, discourses and artistic forms. Written by prominent scholars of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, The Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem offers analytical and historically informed narratives of the genre’s transformations and variations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the next.



About the Authors :

  • Mary Ann Caws works on the relations between literature and art, and is the co-editor, with Hermine Riffaterre, of The Prose Poem in France.Theory and Practice (1983). Her recent publications include Pierre Reverdy (2013), the Modern Art Cookbook (2014), Surprised in Translation (2006), Surrealism (2004), and Blaise Pascal: Miracles and Reason (2017). She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and Resident Professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the past president of the Modern Language Association and the American Comparative Literature Association, the editor of the Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry and the translator of André Breton, René Char, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, Ghérasim Luca, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Tristan Tzara.
  • Michel Delville teaches English and American literatures, as well as comparative literature, at the University of Liège. He is the author or co-author of The American Prose Poem, J.G. Ballard, Hamlet & Co, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Secret History of Maximalism, Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption: Eating the Avant-Garde and Crossroads Poetics: Text, Image, Music, Film & Beyond. He has also co-edited several volumes of essays on contemporary poetics.

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