Perfectly disgraceful: the New York school of Frank O’Hara and mid-century mannerism

Ladkin, Samuel (2019) Perfectly disgraceful: the New York school of Frank O’Hara and mid-century mannerism. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Perfectly Disgraceful offers two major innovations. Firstly, it concludes that O’Hara and the New York School revive Mannerism. Mannerism names the era between high modernism and postmodernism otherwise unrecognized in scholarship. Mannerism explains O’Hara’s style, its sweet and grand grace, contortion of measure, risks with affectation, conceits, and nonchalance. Mannerism clarifies the sociability implicit in the formal innovations of the New York School. Secondly, Perfectly Disgraceful advances interdisciplinary (notably dance and painting) by retooling epideictic and sophistic rhetoric. Terms drawn from classical and mannerist rhetoric – grace, the agon, figura serpentinata, sprezzatura, ornatus – exemplify qualities exhibited by O’Hara’s New York School.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Laura Vellacott
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 10:41
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 11:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84621
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