Poetry and language writing : objective and surreal
- David Arnold.
- Liverpool [England] : Liverpool University Press, 2007.
- Physical description
- xiii, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
- Poetry &--.
- Arnold, David.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-196) and index.
- Acknowledgements List of permissions
- 1. The Scholarly Life of Language Writing
- 2. Surrealism: An Excommunicated Vessel?
- 3. Under the Sign of Negation: William Carlos Williams and Surrealism
- 4. The Surreal-O-bjectivist Nexus
- 5. Michael Palmer's Poetics of Witness
- 6. Scorch and Scan: The Writing of Susan Howe
- 7. `Just Rehashed Surrealism'? The Writing of Barrett Watten Notes Bibliography Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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 a 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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- Poetry &--
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