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    Rights statement: Spinks, L. (2009). Oppen's Pragmatism. Journal of American Studies, 43(03), 477-495doi: 10.1017/S002187580999082X

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-495
JournalJournal of American Studies
Issue number03
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


This article seeks to rethink the philosophical context of the modern American poet George Oppen's writing by resituating it with the tradition of American pragmatism championed by William James. It is, to my knowledge, the first article to make this case on both philosophical and formal grounds and therefore constitutes a significant intervention into the emerging field of Oppen studies.

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