Poetics/Politics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom

Poetics/Politics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom

by Amitava Kumar, Amitava Kumar
     
 

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

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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 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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Booknews
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)

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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A breakthrough book that radically refigures the relationship among art, politics and cultural.

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

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