Poeticized Language: The Foundations of Contemporary French Poetry

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Contemporary French poetry is unique in that it places a great emphasis on language itself. In this book, Jean-Jacques Thomas and Steven Winspur focus on the linguistic aspects of recent poems written in French. From Apollinaire and Eluard to the Oulipians, from the specialists to Yves Bonnefoy and Andree Chedid, from Max Jacob and Saint-John Perse to Edouard Glissant and Denis Roche, this book analyzes the innovations crafted by more than fifty writers. With its eleven chapters and extensive bibliography, this is the most comprehensive English-language introduction to French poetry of the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018133
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Jacques Thomas is Professor of Romance Studies, Literature, and Linguistics at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including Jacques Roubad (1997) and La Langue Volée (1989).

Steven Winspur is Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is the author of Bernard Noël (1991) and Saint-John Perse and the Imaginary Reader (1988).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Entombed Alive (Apollinaire) 17
2 "Dada Means Nothing" (Tzara, Aragon, et al.) 35
3 Topological Poetics (Eluard) 65
4 Competence and Recovery (Jacob) 83
5 The Thing-in-Itself (Deguy, Bonnefoy, Saint-John Perse, Ponge) 103
6 Image and Formula (Bonnefoy, Meschonnic) 117
7 Body-Speak (Risset, Noel, Chedid, Jabes) 133
8 Reading, Mounting, Spacing (Garnier, Roubaud, Leiris, et al.) 159
9 Composed Scores (OuLiPo) 193
10 The Ends of Lyric? (Roche, Hebert) 221
11 Boudica ... and Other Monsters (Cesaire, Keineg, Glissant) 239
Conclusion 265
Select Bibliography 273
Index 277
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