Imagining Language: An Anthology

Imagining Language: An Anthology

by Jed Rasula, Steve McCaffery
     
 

When works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Stein's Tender Buttons were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable," if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for aSee more details below

Overview

When works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Stein's Tender Buttons were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable," if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for a collection of writings that demonstrates a continuum of creative conjecture on language from antiquity to the present. The anthology, which spans three millennia, generally bypasses chronology in order to illuminate unexpected congruities between seemingly discordant materials. Together, the writings celebrate the scope and prodigality of linguistic speculation in the West going back to the pre-Socratics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681315
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jed Rasula is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Steve McCaffery is David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Night Song of the Fish8
Conditions9
Canzone Rumorista10
Caffe Concerto: Alfabeto a Sorpresa11
Golfo Estivo12
A Letterklankbeelden Poem13
Punctuation Poem15
From Change of All16
From Finnegans Wake21
Voks25
transition's Revolution of the Word Dictionary26
Short Introduction to the Word28
The Readies29
Scheme for Physical Improvement of Writers' Medium35
The Inner Language40
Workshop42
How the Names Are Changed on the Peyote Journey55
From Chirologia; or the Natural Language of the Hand58
Of an Alphabet upon the Fingers63
Canting Vocabulary67
Erotism74
Dialogues in Rhyming Slang from Me and My Girl76
Slang in America77
Tales in Boontling81
Characteristics of Negro Expression83
Harlem Jive86
The Dialectic Criminal91
Pronunciation Machine97
Oral Gymnastics99
From The Birds101
Expression102
Kikakoku!104
Das Grosse Lalula105
From In106
Carry107
Karawane108
Onomatopea Rumorista Macchina Tipografica110
Canzone di Maggio111
Poeme a Crier et a Danser112
From Altazor114
From Sonata in Urlauten116
Rrose Selavy, etc118
F.M.R.119
Hissing and Bellowing121
Jappements a la Lune124
Clef du Petit Abecedaire Illustre126
Tabula Aurea Salomonis et Hermetis132
Enochian Table133
Enochian Call134
The Angelic Language135
Quatrain in Utopian Vernacular137
Utopian and Cabalistic Verses Accompanying Coryat's Crudities138
Utopian and Barmoodan Verses140
The Lord's Prayer in Formosan141
The Formosan Alphabet142
Glossolalia143
Martian Script145
From The Candle of Vision147
Samples of the Inner Script151
From Gargantua and Pantagruel158
Stanza of Anglo-Saxon Poetry161
Maximiliana162
H166
From Dicamus et Labyrinthos: A Philologist's Notebook180
Tablet XI188
Parable of the Blind Homer and the Deaf Aesop192
Arakawa's Line in Helen Keller's Signature194
The Origin of Writing205
Neaudethaumata, a Universal Language206
The Forms of Distinctional Marks211
Sample Dictation223
A Clausing System of Translation224
A Double Chronogram226
Of Writing by Invented Characters227
Unspoken Music229
Pronunciation Diagrams231
From Memoria Technica232
Anglo-Latin Letter to Dr. Sheridan236
Rational Prosody for Hamlet237
Masson's Semiography240
Timeslide242
Three Visual Lip-Poems243
A Project for Improving Speculative Knowledge253
Conditions of a Language255
Combinatorial Diagrams256
Radi Os, Book III259
From A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel276
Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake281
From Men in Aida284
From Gems287
Transverse Flute Narrative for "Winds"/"Instruments"289
Clinical Dialogues with Schizophrenics296
From Memoirs of My Nervous Illness301
From Jubilate Agno313
Mnemonic for the Opening of Dante's Commedia318
Funes the Memorious320
The 72 Names of God334
The Divine Emanation335
Sefer Yetsirah338
The Geometry of the Mind341
From Mysterium Magnum343
Character; Letter348
Declaration of the Word as Such356
Heights (Universal Language)358
Lecture on Word Creation359
The Warrior of the Kingdom361
A Checklist: The Alphabet of the Mind365
Sigils: Belief with Protection368
Weaving and the Word372
Epilogismus Combinationis Linearis379
Rongo-Rongo of Easter Island385
From Champ Fleury386
Arabic Mystical Alphabet (medieval)394
Psychogenesis of the Letter B401
The Serpent411
A Hieroglyphic Alphabet413
The Poetical Alphabet414
Towards a Three-Dimensional Pouitry420
Architectural Alphabet423
Probable Systems 14: Re-discovery of the 22 Letter Alphabet: An Archaeological Report425
Biliteral Cipher432
Biliteral Cipher434
Where Signs Resemble Thoughts435
Trial in the Court of Vowels446
A Litteralial Scheme of Writing449
Augmented Characters450
New Orthografye451
Orthographic Reforms453
Phonetic Version of Spenser's Faerie Queene454
The Somatic Production of Sounds455
Schematic Diagrams for an Organic Alphabet456
Cherokee Alphabet459
Five Versions of Fonotypy461
Visible Speech463
Colossal Labor Saving467
Chladni Figures477
Crystal Systems480
The Railway Embankment in Spring490
The Origin of Language from Our Ancestor Frogs493
Monologue501
Glossary: My Glosses' Ossuary503
Diary Entries on Etymology505
Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves508
From The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry509
Letters519
The Origin of Things, Symbols, and Language525
From De Rerum Natura539
Malevich Torpedoed541
Vortex543
Fraction546
Re-entry into the Form549
The Radical Characters of Verbs and Nouns560
Sources of Quotations562
Further Reading580
General Bibliography584
Index606

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