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Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences
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Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences (Paperback)

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Questions of Poetics is Barrett Watten's major reassessment of the political history, social formation, and literary genealogy of Language writing. A key participant in the emergent bicoastal poetic avant-garde as poet, editor, and publisher, Watten has developed, over three decades of writing in poetics, a sustained account of its theory and practice. The present volume represents the core of Watten's critical writing and public lecturing since the millennium, taking up the historical origins and continuity of Language writing, from its beginnings to the present.



Each chapter is a theoretical inquiry into an aspect of poetics in an expanded sense-from the relation of experimental poetry to cultural logics of liberation and political economy, to questions of community and the politics of the avant-garde, to the cultural contextswhere it is produced and intervenes. Each serves as a kind of thought experiment that theorizes and assesses the consequences of Language writing in expanded fields of meaning that include history, political theory, art history, and narrative theory. While all are grounded in a series of baseline questions of poetics, they also polemically address the currently turbulent debates on the politics of the avant-garde, especially Language writing, among emerging communities of poets.



In manifold ways, Watten masterfully demonstrates the aesthetic and political aims of Language writing, its influence on emerging literary schools, and its present aesthetic, critical, andpolitical horizons. Questions of Poetics will be a major point of reference in continuing debates on poetry and literary history, a critical reexamination for already familiar readers and a clearly presented introduction for new ones.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryPoetry Publisher: University of Iowa Press Publication Date: 30/08/2016 ISBN-13: 9781609384302  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Barrett Watten is a professor of English at Wayne State University, USA. He is the author of Total Syntax and The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics, winner of the 2004 Rene Wellek Prize. He coedited Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and CulturalDisplacement with Carrie Noland, and A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982-1998 and Poetics Journal Digital Archivewith Lyn Hejinian. A founding member of the Language school movement of poetry, his creative works include Frame: 1971-1990, Progress/Under Erasure, Bad History, and, in progress, Zone. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.

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