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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Revolutionary Consciousness

Revolutionary Consciousness

(p.101) 13 Revolutionary Consciousness
The Critical Pulse

Cary Nelson

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author describes some of his books that highlight historical realities absent from contemporary consciousness. These include Repression and Recovery: Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910–1945 (1989) aimed at flooding readers' consciousnesses with a wide range of interesting and vital poetry; and Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001), which embraces poetry on fliers handed out at public events, on broadsides displayed in public, and in scrapbooks assembled by individual readers, all of which gives deeper insight into the social and political functions poetry has served. He also discusses his works in higher education, and argues that the mix of scholarship and activism that shapes his academic life is central to his credo.

Keywords:   history, contemporary consciousness, poetry, scholarship, academic life, higher education, activism

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