The Poethical Wager / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of California Press
In these highly inventive essays, Joan Retallack, acclaimed poet and essayist, conveys her unique post-utopian vision as she explores the relationship between art and life in today's chaotic world.
In the tradition of the essay as complex humanist exploration, she engages ideas from across history: Aristotle's definition of happiness, Epicurus's swerve into unpredictable possibility, Montaigne's essays as an instrument of self-invention, John Cage's redefinition of Silence. Within her unifying rubric of poethics, Retallack gives the reader plenty of surprises with a wonderful range of examples, situations, and texts through which she conducts her exploration. A computer glitch, a passage from Gertrude Stein's favorite detective novelist, the idea of the experimental feminine, a John Cage performanceall serve as occasions for inquiry and speculation on the way to her poethics of a "complex realism."
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is author of How to Do Things with Words (1998), Musicage: Cage Muses on Words Art Music (1996), Afterrimages (1995), and Errata 5uite (1993), among other books.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Essay as WagerThe Poethical WagerWager as EssayBlue Notes on the Know LedgePoethics of the Improbable: Rosmarie Waldrop and the Uses of FormThe Experimental FeminineThe Scarlet Aitch: Twenty-Six Notes on the Experimental Feminine:RE:THINKING:LITERARY:FEMINISM: (three essays onto shaky grounds)The Difficulties of Gertrude Stein, I & IIFOUR ON JOHN CAGEGeometries of AttentionFig. 1, Ground Zero, Fig. 2: John CageMay 18, 2005Poethics of a Complex RealismUncaged Words: John Cage in Dialogue with ChanceNotesBibliographyAcknowledgments and Permissions