Contemporary Poetics

Contemporary Poetics

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Exploring the boundaries of one of the most contested fields of literary study - a field that in fact shares territory with philology, aesthetics, cultural theory, philosophy, and even cybernetics - this volume gathers a body of critical writings that, taken together, broadly delineate a possible poetics of the contemporary. In these essays, the most interesting and distinguished theorists in the field renegotiate the contours of what might constitute ""contemporary poetics,"" ranging from the historical advent of concrete poetry to the current technopoetics of cyberspace. Concerned with a poetics that extends beyond our own time, as a mere marker of present-day literary activity, their work addresses the limits of a writing ""practice"" - beginning with Stephane Mallarme in the late nineteenth century - that engages concretely with what it means to be contemporary. Charles Bernstein's Swiftian satire of generative poetics and the textual apparatus, together with Marjorie Perloff's critical-historical treatment of ""writing after"" Bernstein and other proponents of language poetry, provides an itinerary of contemporary poetics in terms of both theory and practice. The other essays consider ""precursors,"" recognizable figures within the histories or prehistories of contemporary poetics, from Kafka and Joyce to Wallace Stevens and Kathy Acker; ""conjunctions,"" in which more strictly theoretical and poetical texts enact a concerted engagement with rhetoric, prosody, and the vicissitudes of ""intelligibility""; ""cursors,"" which points to the open possibilities of invention, from Augusto de Campos's ""concrete poetics"" to the ""codework"" of Alan Sondheim; and ""transpositions,"" defining the limits of poetic invention by way of technology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 165.35 x 227.33 x 32.26mm | 689.46g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • illustrations
  • 0810123606
  • 9780810123601
  • 2,024,451

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction: Transversions of the Contemporary; 1. END GAME; How Empty Is My Bread Pudding?, by Charles Bernstein; After Language Poetry: Modernity & Its Discontents, by Marjorie Perloff; 2. PRECURSORS; Getting Past Odradek, by Kevin Theall; The Avant-Garde & Radical Modernism in the Prehistory of Cyberculture, by Donald F. Theall; Doctor Williams's Position, Updated, by Bob Perelmon; The Infinite Evasion of As, by Simon Critchley; Corporal Poetics: Kathy Acker's Writing, by D. J. Huppatz; Frank Zappa, Captain Beetheart, & the Secret History of Maximalism, by Michel Devitte & Andrew Norris; 3. CONJUNCTIONS; Metaphor: The Colour of Being, by Ricardo Nirenberg; Vagueness, by Keston Sutherland; AND &, by D.J. Huppatz, Nicole Tomlinson, & Julian Savage; Readings Notes, by Bruce Andrews; Lost and Found, by Bruce Andrews; 4. CURSORS; Concrete Poetry: A Manifesta, by Augusto de Campos; Questionnaire of the Yale Symposium, by Augusto de Campos; Epigrams, Particle Theory, & Hypertext, by Darren Tofts; From Hypertext to Codework, by McKenzie Work; Codeworld, by Alan Sondheim; 5. TRANSPOSITIONS; Techno-Poetics in the Vortext, by Louis Armand; Parapoetics & the Architectural Leap, by Steve McCoffery; Traps or Tools & Damage, by Allen Fisher; Discontinued Meditations, by Steve McCoffery; Screening the Page/Paging the Screen: Digital Poetics & the Differential Text, by Marjorie Perloff; Image Heuretics, by Gregory L. Ulmer; The Poetics of Cyberspace: Two Ways to Get a Life, by J. Hillis Miller.
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"An epoch-defining collection of manifestos and essays: its list of contributors reads as a who's who of current important theorists in the field."

--Michael Golston, assistant professor of English, Columbia University
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About Louis Armand

Louis Armand is a poet and the director of InterCultural Studies at Charles University, Prague.
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