Peter Middleton

Peter Middleton is an emeritus professor in the Department of English at the University of Southampton. He is the author and editor of several books, including Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After and Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry.
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The Objectivist Nexus

Essays in Cultural Poetics

University of Alabama Press

Outstanding poets and critics present cultural readings of the Objectivist poets, a group whose works have been largely unexamined.

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Distant Reading

Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry

University of Alabama Press

Ultimately, Distant Reading treats poetry as a cultural practice that is always situated within specific sites of performance—recited on stage, displayed in magazines, laid out on a page, scrolled on the computer screen—rather than as a transcendent cloud of meaning tethered only to its words.

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Expanding Authorship

Transformations in American Poetry since 1950

University of New Mexico Press

Expanding Authorship collects important essays by Peter Middleton that show the many ways in which, in a world of proliferating communications media, poetry-making is increasingly the work of agencies extending beyond that of a single, identifiable author.

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