"Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions"

Travisano Publishes New Bishop, Poetry Books

May 23, 2012

This spring Hartwick College Professor of English Thomas Travisano has published two books, adding to his considerable record of scholarship.

Travisano is well known as an eminent scholar of the life and work of poet Elizabeth Bishop, and "Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions" (University of Virginia Press 2012) buttresses that reputation. Travisano co-edited the book with Angus Cleghorn (Seneca College) and Bethany Hicok (Westminster College).

In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting how we look at her life and work. The hundreds of letters, poems, and other writings in these volumes have expanded Bishop's published work by well over a thousand pages and placed before the public a "new" Bishop whose complexity was previously familiar to only a small circle of scholars and devoted readers. This collection of essays by many of the leading figures in Bishop studies provides a deep and multifaceted account of the impact of these new editions and how they both enlarge and complicate our understanding of Bishop as a cultural icon.

The book is now available from online retailers and book stores.

“The New Anthology of American Poetry: Vol. III: Postmodernisms 1950-Present”Beyond Bishop, Travisano has also co-edited "The New Anthology of American Poetry: Vol. III: Postmodernisms 1950-Present" (Rutgers University Press 2012) with Steven Gould Axelrod (University of California, Riverside) and Camille Roman (Brown University, Washington State University, Pullman).

Volume III of the anthology provides the most compelling and wide-ranging selection available of American poetry from 1950 to the present. Its contents are just as diverse and multifaceted as America itself and invite readers to explore the world of poetry in the larger historical context of American culture.

Nearly three hundred poems allow readers to explore canonical works by such poets as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath, as well as song lyrics from such popular musicians as Bob Dylan and Queen Latifah. Because contemporary American culture transcends the borders of the continental United States, the anthology also includes numerous transnational poets, from Julia de Burgos to Derek Walcott. Whether they are the works of oblique avant-gardists like John Ashbery or direct, populist poets like Allen Ginsberg, all of the selections are accompanied by extensive introductions and footnotes, making the great poetry of the period fully accessible to readers for the first time.

The book is available from online book sellers and book stores.

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