Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series) / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$69.95
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $58.41
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 16%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $58.41   
  • New (3) from $58.41   
  • Used (1) from $130.01   

Overview

A provocative overview of avant-garde American poetry of the past 25 years that raises important questions about the practice of criticism.

Simulcast offers long overdue, highly opinionated, and penetrating examinations of a flourishing movement in American letters by one of its most perceptive practitioners. The four 'experiments' in literary criticism gathered in this volume vary in style and point of view. Taken together, they reassess the fundamental relationship between poetry and criticism.

"The Anti-Hegemony Project" is a satire, employing the rhetoric of journalism and the colloquial exchanges of online fan groups to analyze one of the earliest appearances of a poetry community on the World Wide Web: the "Poetics List" maintained at the State University of New York, Buffalo. "Poe’s Poetics and Selected Essays" is a collection of polemical essays on subjects ranging from modernism to language poetry. The third experiment, "The Literati of San Francisco," is a detailed portrait of the figures and ideas at the heart of an important literary scene a decade after language poetry’s inception. The final essay, "A Short History of Language Poetry," provides a less polemical, more sober and even-handed analysis of that movement from its origins to the present and its prospects for the future.

These critical interventions and essays are important studies of an evolving poetic field, but they also represent an evolution in criticism itself. Friedlander's unorthodox methodology is to create a critical text by rewriting prior examples of criticism, among them Jean Wahl's A Short History of Existentialism and Edgar Allan Poe's "Literati of New York City." The resulting critiques are themselves a kind of poetry. They explore the issues of style versus substance, artifice versus authenticity, and plausibility versus truth, while the shifts in perspective call into question the authority of any one critical account.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a very smart, very provocative, and ultimately responsible book."
—Bob Perelman, University of Pennsylvania
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817311667
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Modern & Contemporary Poetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Friedlander is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine and author of the books of poetry A Knot Is Not a Tangle and Time Rations.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : criticism as applied poetry 1
The anti-hegemony project 69
Poe's poetics and selected essays 119
The literati of San Francisco 197
A short history of language poetry 269
Notes 309
Index 341
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)