Dictionary Poetics: Toward a Radical Lexicography

Dictionary Poetics: Toward a Radical Lexicography

by Craig Dworkin


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Dictionary Poetics analyses book-length poems from a number of writers who have used particular editions of specific dictionaries to structure their work. Authors include Louis Zukofsky , George Oppen, Clark Coolidge, Bernadette Mayer, Tina Darragh, and Harryette Mullen.

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ISBN-13: 9780823287963
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Series: Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Craig Dworkin is Professor of English at the University of Utah. He is the author of Reading the Illegible (2003) and No Medium (2013) and is the editor or co-editor of six volumes of literary criticism and avant-garde poetry.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward an Experimental Lexicography | 1

1 Funk & Wagnalls Practical Standard Dictionary of the English
Language and Louis Zukofsky’s Thanks to the Dictionary | 33

2 Webster’s Collegiate and Louis Zukofsky’s “A” | 48

3 The Oxford English Dictionary and George Oppen’s
Discrete Series | 77

4 Webster’s New Collegiate and the Poetry of Clark
Coolidge and Bernadette Mayer | 101

5 The Random House Dictionary of the English
Language and the Poetry of Tina Darragh | 129

6 Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African-American
Slang and Harryette Mullen’s Muse & Drudge | 161

Acknowledgments | 185

Notes | 187

Index | 239

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