New from Jeanne Heuving in Our Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series

The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is a probing examination of how the writing of sexual love undergoes a radical revision by avant-garde poets in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Today, the exploration of love by poets-long a fixture of Western poetic tradition-is thought to be in decline, with love itself understood to be a mere ideological overlay for the more “real” entities of physical sex and desire.

In The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics, Jeanne Heuving claims that a key achievement of poetry by Ezra Pound, H.D., Robert Duncan, Kathleen Fraser, Nathaniel Mackey, and others lies significantly in their engagement with the synergistic relations between being in love and writing love. These poets, she argues, have traded the clichéd lover of yore for impersonal or posthuman poetic speakers that sustain the gloire and mystery of love poetry of prior centuries. As Robert Duncan writes, “There is a love in which we are outcast and vagabond from what we are that we call ‘falling in love.'”

Heuving claims that this writing of love is defining for avant-garde poetics, identifying how such important discoveries as Pound’s and H.D.’s Imagism, Pound’s Cantos, and Duncan’s “open field poetics” are derived through their changed writing of love. She draws attention to how the prevailing concept of language as material is inadequate to the ways these poets also engage language as a medium-as a conduit-enabling them to address love afresh in a time defined through preoccupations with sexuality. They engage love as immanent and change it through a writing that acts on itself.

The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics ascribes the waning of love poetry to its problematic form: a genre in which empowered poetic speakers constitute their speech through the objectification of comparatively disempowered subjects, or beloveds. Refusing this pervasive practice, the poets she highlights reject the delimiting, one-sided tradition of masculine lovers and passive feminine beloveds; instead, they create a more nuanced, dynamic poetics of ecstatic exploration, what Heuving calls “projective love” and “libidinized field poetics,” a formally innovative poetry, in which one perception leads directly to the next and all aspects of a poem are generative of meaning.

Jeanne Heuving
is a professor of English at the University of Washington Bothell and a graduate faculty member at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore as well as two poetry collections.

The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics proposes that the engagement of sexual love and its energies is the source of the creative power in some of the most interesting poetry written in the past one hundred years. Asserting the value of a ‘projective love and libidinized field poetics,’ Jeanne Heuving astutely draws our attention to the erotic transformations that animate the poetry of Pound, H.D., Duncan, Mackey, and Fraser, assessing changes through the psychodynamic propositions of Plato, Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva. The result is a truly enlightening insistence on the connections between these poets’ formal innovations and the topic of sexual love, whose permissions Heuving ingeniously finds submerged as a slowed down, introjective set of relations in Olson’s ‘Projective Verse,’ a discovery I find revelatory. The whole book, sharply written and superbly argued, should alter the way American avant-garde poetry is read.”
Peter O’Leary, author of Phosphorescence of Thought and Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of Illness

“Jeanne Heuving has written an ardent study of the metamorphosis of Western love and its classic poetic tropes involving desire and the poetic objects of longing, by proposing an altered configuration of eros in modern and contemporary poetry. Resisting the attack on or the reduction of love as only a literary or social convention, and acknowledging changed relations of gender and altered knowledge of sexualities in modernity, Heuving treats the poetic practices of Pound, H.D., Duncan, Fraser, and Mackey and offers serious theorizing on the poetics of Amor. This vibrant contribution to poetic criticism makes claims for love as ecstatic perception, the I as ‘othered’ in love, and the affects and effects of this eros, all going beyond the poetry of the yearning gaze and the static beloved into a wider libidinal field. In fascinating readings and deft theoretical insights, she tracks the implications of this rearticulation of eros for poetic languages, formal innovations, textual subjectivities, and poetics.”
–Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice, Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work, and Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley, and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry

Modern and Contemporary Poetics
Charles Bernstein and Hank Lazer, series editors

240 pp
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5843-3 Paper
ISBN: 978-0-8173-8909-3 Ebook
Price: $34.95

An Exceptionally Detailed Guide to the Most Beautiful Natural Destinations in Alabama

Exploring Wild Alabama is an exceptionally detailed guide to the most beautiful natural destinations in the state. From the rocky outcrops of the Appalachian plateaus to the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast’s Orange Beach and Dauphin Island, Alabama offers a wealth of remarkable sites to explore by car or canoe, bicycle or motorcycle, or on foot.

Intrepid explorers Kenneth M. Wills and L. J. Davenport divide Alabama into eleven geographic regions that feature state parks and preserves, national monuments and forests, wildlife management areas, Nature Conservancy and Forever Wild properties, botanical gardens and arboreta, as well as falls, caverns, and rock cliffs. Exploring Wild Alabama provides detailed site entries to one hundred and fifty destinations. Each section is beautifully illustrated with color photographs, area maps, and outdoor recreation symbols.

Exploring Wild Alabama includes two large state maps-one showing the physiographic regions of the state and another of the major cities and roadways–along with twenty-five local maps to help readers locate each site. Individual site entries include: written directions and GPS coordinates; engaging notes about the overall ecology, landscape features, local species of plants and animals, and other special features; and outdoor recreation icons for hiking, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, and other fun outdoor activities. Wills and Davenport guide travelers to Alabama jewels such as Sand Mountain’s Chitwood Barrens, which harbors the rare Green Pitcher Plant and other exotic botanical species; Blowing Springs Cave in Lauderdale County, named for the cool air and the clear spring flowing out of the cave opening; Jackson Prairies in the Limestone Hills region; and Booker’s Mill in Conecuh County, offering diverse habitats and historic structures.

Long a favorite destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Alabama is fast becoming a major “ecotourism” destination, with thousands of travelers discovering the state’s unsung natural treasures. Exploring Wild Alabama will be used and trusted by anyone who loves nature activities-birders, botanists, cave explorers, cyclists, hunters, fishermen, rock climbers, canoeists, teachers, students, and other outdoor recreationists.

Kenneth M Wills is the president of the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve and currently works for the Jefferson County Health Department. He has traveled the entire state as a natural resource planner and biologist for the Alabama Environmental Council.

L. J. Davenport is the Paul N. Propst Professor of Natural Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and a past Carnegie Foundation Alabama Professor of the Year. He is the author of Nature Journal.

Exploring Wild Alabama is a much needed resource. The authors have done a superlative job of describing and depicting the physiographic and ecological diversity of Alabama. To my knowledge, this is the first book to provide a statewide guide to actual places for the reader to visit. The writing is accessible to a general readership without being simplistic. I can’t wait to have it on my own bookshelf!”
—Mark A. Bailey, coauthor of Turtles of Alabama

Exploring Wild Alabama goes beyond the classic guidebook for seeing many of the natural wonders our great state has to offer. It represents the culmination of extensive field research and exploration that brings the knowledge of natural sciences and history to the general public. The work is exceptionally well written and includes detailed descriptions of the geology, geography, flora, and fauna of each location, as well as various activities to enjoy. I look forward to seeing this book on the shelves of bookstores, gift shops, and outdoor stores throughout Alabama.”
—Randy Mecredy, former director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History

Published in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. 

400 pp / 130 color illustrations / 27 color maps
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5830-3 Paper
ISBN: 978-0-8173-8877-5 Ebook
Price: $29.95

New in Our Religion and American Culture Series

Modernity remade much of the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and was nowhere more transformational than in the American South. In the wake of the Civil War, the region not only formed new legal, financial, and social structures, but citizens of the South also faced disorienting uncertainties about personal identity and even gender itself. Ye That Are Men Now Serve Him traces the changes in southern gender roles during the New South period of 1877-1915 and demonstrates that religion is the key to perceiving how constructions of gender changed.

The Civil War cleaved southerners from the culture they had developed organically during antebellum decades, raising questions that went to the very heart of selfhood: What does it mean to be a man? How does a good woman behave? Unmoored from traditional anchors of gender, family, and race, southerners sought guidance from familiar sources: scripture and their churches. In Ye That Are Men Now Serve Him, Colin Chapell traces how concepts of gender evolved within the majority Baptist and Methodist denominations as compared to the more fluid and innovative Holiness movement.

Grounded in expansive research into the Holiness Movement and examination of the archives of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Chapell’s writing is also enlivened by a rich trove of other primary sources: diaries, sermons, personal correspondence, published works, and unpublished memoirs. Chapell artfully contrasts the majority Baptist and Methodist views of gender with the relatively radical approaches of the emerging Holiness movement, thereby bringing into focus how subtle differences in belief gave rise to different ideas of gender roles.

While exploring class, race, and politics as factors that contributed to contemporary southern identity, Chapell restores theology to its intuitive place at the center of southern identity. Probing and illuminating, Ye That Are Men Now Serve Him offers much of interest to scholars and readers of the South, southern history, and religion.

Colin B. Chapell
teaches history at the University of Memphis.

“This volume covers much important material, presents a coherent and well-organized argument, and introduces points right at the cutting edge of the field of religion and southern history.”
—Paul Harvey, author of Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South and coauthor of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

“I can think of no one who has treated the gist of a new kind of manliness and a new perspective on women’s roles in church and society as this project does. This is a fresh account, rich with detail, and offers a provocative argument.”
—Randall J. Stephens, author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South and coauthor of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age

Religion and American Culture
John M. Giggie and Charles A. Israel, series editors

232 pp / 6 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1922-9 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9007-5 Ebook
Price: $54.95