Kenneth Goldsmith's Recent Works on Paper

Kenneth Goldsmith's Recent Works on Paper : Exactly Wrong

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Kenneth Goldsmith's Recent Works on Paper is the first critical book devoted to Kenneth Goldsmith, the acclaimed conceptual poet, pedagogue, and provocateur. The book's focus is on Capital, Wasting Time on the Internet, Against Translation, and Theory, all published after Goldsmith's controversial reading of a poem based on the Michael Brown autopsy report at Brown University in March 2015. These four books address issues of historiography, translation, pedagogy, authorship, and celebrity culture. Each book serves a retrospective function for an author who is, mid-career, taking stock of his considerable impact on U.S. (and world) poetics at the very moment when critics are challenging the ethics of his aesthetic judgement in the wake of the controversy surrounding "The Body of Michael Brown." The author focuses on how Goldsmith stages (and, in some cases, transforms) his metamorphic identity as a post-humanist information manager. His performance in these four books contests the current image of him among many critics and fellow poets as one of Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" who displayed extremely poor judgement while contributing to a culture of racial insensitivity by performing "The Body of Michael Brown."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Cranbury, United States
  • English
  • 1683932366
  • 9781683932369

Table of contents

Chapter One -- Exactly Wrong
Chapter Two -- Distant Reading: Capital and Information Technology
Chapter Three -- But is it Art?: Theory.
Chapter Four -- Middlebrow Meets Infrathin: Wasting Time on the Internet
Chapter Five -- Translation Against Itself: Against Translation.
Chapter Six -- A Poetics of the `Re' Prefix: Goldsmith's Annotations for The ARCADES: Walter Benjamin and Contemporary Art
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About Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris is professor of English at Purdue University.
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