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Robert Crawford

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269327.001.0001

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Men, Women, and American Classrooms

Men, Women, and American Classrooms

(p.223) Chapter 5 Men, Women, and American Classrooms
The Modern Poet


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This chapter argues against the assumption that it is in 20th-century American universities that creative writing emerged as part of the curriculum. It explains that 18th-century Scottish teaching of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres had been bound up not only with the appreciation of older literature but also with the production of new work. It suggests that it is essential for the modern poet's work to be part of the world of information technology while at the same time articulating the king of short-circuiting poetic perceptions that allow them to express what might distinguish the human from the purely mechanical.

Keywords:   creative writing, American universities, rhetoric, Belles-Lettres, modern poet, poetic perceptions

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