International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2017)

James Welch's winter in the blood as contemporary literary pragmatism


Dr. JG Ravi Kumar

James Welch's work functions simultaneously as self-exploration, contemporary literary pragmatism, and as a form of anthropology and archeology used to identify and interrogate historic, social, cultural, and political realities. In addition, it contains a fundamental binary composed of a pragmatic, grounded gaze at certain realities of living experience nevertheless often expressed in abstractions that invite theoretical association. In this sense the frontier still exists, a place wherein there is not only the scarcity of buildings, railroads, and other infrastructures by which we deem places civilized, but where there is a kind of scarcity of language and understanding as well. High theory, like a Manhattan skyscraper, is of limited value in this land and mindscape, where utility within a local context is valued above all else. At the same time, there is a need to understand and articulate lived experience that quickly achieves higher levels of abstraction.
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