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James E. Miller
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)

The American Quest for a Supreme Fiction

To trace the "American quest for a Supreme Fiction," beginning with the now unread early traditional epics, through Whitman's radical departure from the conventional structures, to recent examples in experimental forms, and including: Ezra Pound's Cantos, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land (original version), Wallace Stevens' long poems including "Notes toward a Supreme Fiction," and Allen Ginsberg's Howl! and The Fall of America.

Project fields:
American Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$18,000 (approved)
$18,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1974 – 8/31/1975