Spoken Art: Amy Lowell's Dramatic Poetry and Early Twentieth-Century Expressive Culture


  • Simone Knewitz




This essay rereads Amy Lowell's dramatic poetry, which has been unduly neglected in literary criticism. Setting the poems in relation to high modernism as well as to the contemporary expressive culture movement—a movement emphasizing the role of the individual in the act of communication—it argues that Lowell's poetry has to be reconsidered as a spoken art.

Author Biography

Simone Knewitz

Simone Knewitz studied North American Studies, Philosophy and Political Science at Bonn University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She received her M.A. from Bonn University in 2005. Her M.A. thesis was published in 2006 as a book with the title Making Progress: Pragmatism and Utopia in the Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey (London: Turnshare). Since June 2005 she has been working on her Ph.D. thesis entitled "'A Poet is flesh and blood as well as brain': Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams, and the Modernist Poetics of the Body." Her dissertation project is also affiliated with Bonn University and funded by the Landesgraduiertenförderung Nordrhein-Westfalen.


How to Cite

Knewitz, Simone. “Spoken Art: Amy Lowell’s Dramatic Poetry and Early Twentieth-Century Expressive Culture”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 9, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.107.