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Art of Confession – The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Christopher Grobe


What do midcentury “confessional” poets have in common with today’s reality TV stars? An inexplicable urge to make their lives an open book, but also a sense that this book can never be finished. Christopher Grobe argues that, in postwar America, artists like these forged a new way of being in the world. Identity, now, was a kind of work—always ongoing, never complete—to be performed on the public stage. The Art of Confession tells the history of this cultural shift and of the movement it created in American art: confessionalism. Like realism or Romanticism, confessionalism began in one art fo ... More

Keywords: confessionalism, autobiography, poetry, performance art, theater, reality television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479829170
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Grobe, author
Amherst College

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