The present study springs from a genuine admiration for John Ashbery's achievement. It aims at exposing those facets of Ashbery's poetry which have been neglected by critical opinion, but which, paradoxically, were instrumental in winning the poet a leading position among the most invative and daring American poets of today. This study reviews John Ashbery's long-term professional engagement as a visual-art critic and researches conceptual developments and orientations in the visual arts, which have influenced the poet's activity as a creative writer. Tracing analogies between the poetry of John Ashbery and the work of some of the enfants terribles of twentieth-century art - Marcel Duchamp and the Pop Artists, among others - opens new avenues of interpretation for an oeuvre which has often been considered difficult and solipsistic.
The Author: Silvia Maria de Magalhaes Carvalho was born in Angola in 1967. She grew up in the USA and in Portugal and studied English and Portuguese literature in Lisbon and Saarbruecken, Germany. She currently teaches English language and literature at different German universities and is doing research in the areas of media assisted language learning and poetry.
Silvia Maria De Magalhaes Carvalho
Peter Lang GmbH
Date of Publication
Europaische Hochschulschriften Reihe 14: Angelsachsische Sprache und Literatur