Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Her autobiographical poem "My Life", a best-selling book of innovative American poetry, has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. "The Language of Inquiry" is a comprehensive and wonderfully readable collection of her essays, and its publication promises to be an important event for American literary culture. Here, Hejinian brings together twenty essays written over a span of almost twenty-five years. Like many of the Language Poets with whom she has been associated since the mid-1970s, Hejinian turns to language as a social space, a site of both philosophical inquiry and political address. Central to these essays are the themes of time and knowledge, consciousness and perception. Hejinian's interests cover a range of texts and figures. Prominent among them are Sir Francis Bacon and Enlightenment-era explorers; Faust and Sheherazade; Viktor Shklovsky and Russian formalism; William James, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Heidegger.But perhaps the most important literary presence in the essays is Gertrude Stein; the volume includes Hejinian's influential "Two Stein Talks," as well as two more recent essays on Stein's writings.
- Publisher: University of California Press
- ISBN: 9780520217003
- Number of pages: 447
- Weight: 771g
- Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 25 mm