Thinking Poetics: Essays on George Oppen

Overview

George Oppen, a crucial figure in the founding of the Objectivist poetry movement, is considered by many critics and poets to be one of the foremost innovators of 20th-century American poetry. Oppen's Of Being Numerous won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1969, and his influence on subsequent generations of poets has been profound.

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Overview

George Oppen, a crucial figure in the founding of the Objectivist poetry movement, is considered by many critics and poets to be one of the foremost innovators of 20th-century American poetry. Oppen's Of Being Numerous won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1969, and his influence on subsequent generations of poets has been profound.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This volume will make an important contribution to our knowledge of Oppen’s work and will become a key book for Oppen’s readers as well as for new readers of Oppen’s poetry.”

—Hank Lazer, author of Lyric & Spirit, Selected Essays, 1996–2008, and fifteen books of poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817355463
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2009
  • Series: Modern & Contemporary Poetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Bernstein lives in New York and is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as coeditor of  L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, the Electronic Poetry Center, and PennSound and cofounder of the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics Program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many publications are three books also published by the University of Chicago Press: Girly Man, With Strings, and My Way: Speeches and Poems.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Meaning a Life vii

Introduction: Thinking Poetics Steve Shoemaker 1

I Working Papers/The Mind Thinking

1 Palimtexts: Postmodern Poetry and the Material Text Michael Davidson 23

II On Discrete Series/Of the World, Weather-Swept

2 Preliminary to a Close Reading of George Oppen's Discrete Series Lyn Hejinian 47

3 Discrete Series and the Posthuman City Steve Shoemaker 62

III Among the Philosophers

4 Oppen's Heidegger Peter Nicholls 91

5 Finding the Phenomenal Oppen Forrest Gander 120

IV Two Wars

6 One among Rubble: George Oppen and World War II Kristin Prevallet 131

7 "The Air of Atrocity": "Of Being Numerous" and the Vietnam War John Lowney 143

V Receptions

8 Third-Phase Objectivism Ron Silliman 163

9 George Oppen and the Anthologies John Taggart 170

10 Conviction's Net of Branches Michael Heller 184

11 Hinge Picture (on George Oppen) Charles Bernstein 197

12 "Uncannily in the Open": In Light of Oppen Rachel Blau DuPlessis 203

13 George Oppen: A Radical Practice (excerpt) Susan Thackrey 228

14 if it fails- Theodore Enslin 255

15 Excerpts from "'Because the Known and the Unknown Touch': A Reading of Oppen's Of Being Numerous'" Henry Weinfield 259

Acknowledgments 273

Contributors 275

Index 279

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