Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics

Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics

by Steve McCaffery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810117894

ISBN-13: 9780810117891

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Prior to Meaning collects a decade of writing on poetry, language, and the theory of writing by one of the most innovative and conceptually challenging poets of the last twenty-five years. In essays that are wide ranging, richly detailed, and novel in their surprising juxtapositions of disparate material, Steve McCaffery works to undo the current bifurcation

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Prior to Meaning collects a decade of writing on poetry, language, and the theory of writing by one of the most innovative and conceptually challenging poets of the last twenty-five years. In essays that are wide ranging, richly detailed, and novel in their surprising juxtapositions of disparate material, Steve McCaffery works to undo the current bifurcation between theory and practice—to show how a poetic text might be the source rather than the product of the theoretical against which it must be read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810117891
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Insufficiency of Theory to Poetical Economy3
2Zarathustran 'Pataphysics15
3Blaser's Deleuzean Folds31
4Charles Olson's Art of Language: The Mayan Substratum of Projective Verse45
5Richard Bentley: The First Poststructuralist? The 1732 Recension of Paradise Lost58
6Johnson and Wittgenstein: Some Correlations and Bifurcations in the Dictionary and the Philosophical Investigations75
7Between Verbi Voco and Visual, Some Precursors of Grammatology: Scriptio Continua, Mercurius van Helmont, Joshua Steele, Peter Walkden Fogg, and That Precarious Binary of Speech/Writing105
8Sade: Writing and Modernity125
9Temporality and the New Sentence: Phrase Propulsion in the Writing of Karen Mac Cormack149
10Voice in Extremis161
11Jackson Mac Low: Samsara in Lagado187
12The Scandal of Sincerity: Toward a Levinasian Poetics204
Notes231
Works Cited293
Index321

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