After the program era The past, present, and future of creative writing in the university

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Iowa City : University of Iowa Press [2016]
Physical Description
277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction. From the Pound Era to the Program Era, and Beyond
  • Part I. Antecedents
  • Chapter 1. The Creative Calling
  • Chapter 2. From Vagabond to Visiting Poet: Vachel Lindsay and the Institutionalization of American Poetry
  • Chapter 3. Institutional Itinerancy: Malcolm Cowley and the Domestication of Cosmopolitanism
  • Part II. Revisions
  • Chapter 4. Modernism and the MFA
  • Chapter 5. Flannery O'Connor, the Cold War, and the Canon
  • Chapter 6. Alternative Degrees: "Works in OPEN" at Black Mountain College
  • Chapter 7. Robert Coover, Hypertext, and the Technomodern Pedagogy of Fairy Tales
  • Chapter 8. What We Talk about When We Talk about Lish
  • Chapter 9. Timely Exile: James Alan McPherson, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Black Creativity
  • Chapter 10. The Program Era and the Mainly White Room
  • Chapter 11. Humanities Fiction: A Genre
  • Part III. Prospects
  • Chapter 12. "My Ghost Life": Russell Banks and the Limits of Aesthetic Democracy
  • Chapter 13. Getting Real: From Mass Modernism to Peripheral Realism
  • Chapter 14. From Modernism to Metamodernism: Quantifying and Theorizing the Stages of the Program Era
  • Afterword. And Then What?
  • Contributors
  • Index
Review by Choice Review

Released in the "New American Canon" series, this collection responds to, and fills gaps in, claims Mark McGurl made in The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (CH, Nov'09, 47-1299). Comprising 14 chapters arranged in three parts--"Antecedents," "Revisions," and "Prospects"--the volume traces the rise, establishment, and possible future of graduate creative writing programs. The collection ends with a succinct, pointed response from McGurl himself. An accomplished scholar with a number of books on modern and contemporary American literature to his credit, Glass here formally resumes the complicated conversation on the contributions (or lack thereof) of MFA and other graduate-level creative writing programs to American literature. Some essays clarify relationships between the most famous workshops, celebrity teachers and students, the academy, modernism, and metafiction; others examine the commodification of creative writing instruction and its benefits to graduates according to race and gender as program numbers have increased, in stark contrast to the shrinking number of full-time teaching positions currently available. A must read in the discipline. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals. --Catherine Erin O'Neill Armendarez, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo

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