Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal

Liverpool University Press, 2007 - 200 Seiten
It has been variously labelled 'Language Poetry', 'Language Writing', 'L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing' (after the magazine that ran from 1978 to 1981), and 'language-centred writing'. It has been placed according to its geographical positions, on East or West coasts; its venues in small magazines, independent presses and performance spaces, and its descent from historical precursors, be they the Objectivists, the composers-by-field of the Black Mountain School, the Russian Constructivists or American modernism la William Carlos Williams and Gertrude Stein. Indeed, one of the few statements that can be made about it with little qualification is that 'it' has both fostered and endured a crisis in representation more or less since it first became visible in the 1970s. In Poetry & Language Writing David Arnold grasps the nettle of Language poetry, reassessing its relationship with surrealism and providing a scholarly, intelligent way of understanding the movement. Poets discussed include Charles Bernstein, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer and Barrett Watten.

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The Scholarly Life of Language Writing
Surrealism An Excommunicated Vessel?
Under the Sign of Negation William Carlos Williams and Surrealism
The SurrealObjectivist Nexus
Michael Palmers Poetics of Witness
Scorch and Scan The Writing of Susan Howe
Just Rehashed Surrealism? The Writing of Barrett Watten

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David Arnold is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Worcester.

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