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Charles F. Altieri

Professor
Rachael Anderson Stageberg Endowed Chair
332 Wheeler
tues 2;10--3;10; thurs 5-6; and by appointment
altieri@berkeley.edu
510 848 2686


Professional Statement

I have been primarily interested in the varieties of Twentieth Century American poetry, especially in relation to philosophy and to the visual arts. I also recently wrote a book on the affects and that shapes my thinking on most topics. But I am in transition. I have been teaching Shakespeare and Hegel and will teach the epic because I want a grand stage on which to figure out what I can say about affect in literature.I am also working on book introducing ways of thinking about modern American poetry.

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Specialties

Books

Title Fields
Pic-book9 The Art of 20th Century American Poetry: Modernism and After
Altieri's book situates modernist poetry in the context of early 20th century scientific and philosophical developments, to posit the emergence of a "new realism" in the works of Pound and Williams. It then traces the fate of this movement from Eliot to Ashbery by examining the way poets elaborate or revise the issue of impersonality and social identity. ....
Altieri_stevens_cover Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity: Toward a Phenomenology of Value
In his recent work, Charles Altieri has argued for the importance of the affects, which philosophy has too long subordinated to cognition and ethics.  In Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity, Altieri argues that critics have failed to appreciate the degree to which modernist poetry, like modernist art, breaks from the epistemology that arose from cultures of empiricism. ....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Postmodernism(s) Now. University Station: Penn State University Press, ca 1999.


Recent English Courses Taught