Poetics/Politics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom

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On the contested terrain of cultural studies, the debate has often focused on the blurring of the line between the poetic and the political. The future of the academic profession, the move toward a return to "literary readings," and the function/usefulness of art and poetry today are all tied up in this issue. The real need, however, is to complicate the argument between the two, and this volume addresses that need by using the classroom as the specific site for that critical practice. The essays in this volume ...

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Overview

On the contested terrain of cultural studies, the debate has often focused on the blurring of the line between the poetic and the political. The future of the academic profession, the move toward a return to "literary readings," and the function/usefulness of art and poetry today are all tied up in this issue. The real need, however, is to complicate the argument between the two, and this volume addresses that need by using the classroom as the specific site for that critical practice. The essays in this volume attempt to ask why the poetic and the political seem at odds in today’s society, literature, and current events. The contributors do not so much instantiate the hitherto hidden relation between politics and aesthetics, but instead provide occasions to reexamine and complicate the relationship between them.

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Scholar of English, political science, women's studies, art history and theory, anthropology, history, and other fields reexamine the relationship between politics and aesthetics and suggest how it can be used to promote radical scholarship and teaching. Their topics include the politics of Deleuzean aesthetics, the pulp theory of literary history, insurgent poetry and the ideology of the poetic, and the work of noise and pedagogy. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312218652
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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Amitava Kumar teaches English and Cultural Studies at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction 1
1 A Report to the Academy 13
2 (Not) Going with the Flow: The Politics of Deleuzean Aesthetics 17
3 The Ambiguous Politics of Politicizing, or De-Politicizing, the Aesthetic 39
4 "You're not just telling us what we wanna hear, are you, boy?" 71
5 Pulp Theory: On Literary History 83
6 Defrosting: Self/Poetry/Power/Science 101
7 The Sound of One Hand Clapping, or Does Academic Administration Have a Poetics? 117
8 Insurgent Poetry and the Ideology of the Poetic 135
9 Cognitive Mapping 155
10 America's New Bards: The Corporate Classroom and Its Lessons on Life 173
11 Leaping into the Dialectic: Etudes in Materializing the Social 191
12 The Work of Noise and Pedagogy 201
13 Visualizing War 219
14 Class of '77: Music Making History 239
15 Punk Multiculturalism 245
16 Teaching in the Republic of Love Letters 261
Contributors 273
Index 276
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