Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally

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Assembling Alternatives brings together five English-speaking communities — the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland and Australia — to discuss how national differences have inflected poetic experimentation. The 24 essays provide historic overviews, close readings, personal views and polemics on poetics as they have developed in situ. These "oppositional poetries" and poetics are highly diverse and can only be unified — as they are here — as an imagined collective alternative to a mainstream and institutionalized practice...

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Overview

Assembling Alternatives brings together five English-speaking communities — the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland and Australia — to discuss how national differences have inflected poetic experimentation. The 24 essays provide historic overviews, close readings, personal views and polemics on poetics as they have developed in situ. These "oppositional poetries" and poetics are highly diverse and can only be unified — as they are here — as an imagined collective alternative to a mainstream and institutionalized practice of poetry. By tracing the varied histories and trajectories of innovative poetry in these countries, and by engaging in readings of specific texts from within these traditions, Assembling Alternatives suggests subtle but provocative differences in strategies of resistance, constructions of self, use of voice and use of technology.

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By far the most intelligent collection of essays on contemporary postmodern poetries available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819565402
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Romana Huk is Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She is co-editor of Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (1996), and author of a forthcoming book on Stevie Smith as well as numerous essays on contemporary poetics.

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Table of Contents

I. International inflections/histories/comparisons Where have All the Equal Signs Gone?: Inside/Outside the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Site 41
A/Politics of Contermporary Anglo-Canadian Poetries: the Toronto Research Group and the Kootenay School of Writing The American Avant-Garde after 1989: Notes toward a History Poetic Relation and Related Poetics: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Charles Bernstein Imagined Readerships and Poetic Innovation in U.K. Poetry Slobbering Distance: American, British, and Irish Exploratory Poetries in a Global Era Irish Terrain: Alternate Planes of Cleavage The American Model II II. International divides and intracultural differences Interview with an Empire Cultural Cannibalism and the Intercultural Text
"Choice Voice Noise": Soundings in Innovative African-American Poetry
'giving tongue'
Complexities of Subjectivity: Scottish Poets and Multiplicity Feminist Experimentalism, Literary History, and Subjectivity: "this lyric forever error" of Kathleen Fraaser and Denise Riley
'&how else can I be here?': Reading Cross-Wise through Some Poetries of Canada The Nadja and Nanette of Gail Scott's Main Brides (Against Ochre Pediment and Aztec Sky)
III. In practice/polemics Hypertext/Cybertext/Poetext In the Place of Writing Signs Taken for Signifiers: Language Writing, Fetishism and Disavowal What Is Literature From Material Text to Cultural Poetics Too-Close Reading: Poetry and Schizophrenia Polemic Greeting to the Inhabitants of Utopia After Avant-gardism: Her Weasels Wild Returning My Eighteenth Century: Draft towards a Cabinet Contributors' List of Further Readings Notes on Contributors

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