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Poetic Epistemologies: Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing

Poetic Epistemologies: Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing

by Megan Simpson


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Poetic Epistemologies: Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing

Through detailed readings and interviews, this book provides a valuable introduction to feminist language-poets and to some of the most compelling issues in contemporary poetry.

Poetic Epistemologies explores the political and epistemological implications of women’s language-oriented writing in the United States, arguing that, in its investigation of knowledge, language, and gender, this writing (re)unites art with philosophy, and both with social critique. Featuring eight contemporary and four earlier-twentieth-century poets—including Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Leslie Scalapino, Mina Loy, and Gertrude Stein—Simpson emphasizes each writer’s unique contribution to the emerging tradition of feminist epistemological poetry. Drawing upon original interviews, as well as poststructuralist and feminist theory, Poetic Epistemologies offers an informed account of one of the most vital recent developments in contemporary American poetry.

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ISBN-13: 9780791444467
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Megan Simpson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Table of Contents



1. Language-Oriented Feminist Epistemology, and the Case of Lyn Hejinian

"A space that has opened": Gender and Language
Language-Oriented Feminist Epistemology
"Night Knowledge": Lyn Hejinian's Faustienne Poetics

2. "Come, words, away": Modernist Women's Invitations to Innovation

Laura Riding's Lifelong Project with Language
Inside Language as Language with Gertude Stein
"From stepping-stone to stone of creative explorations": Mina Loy's Deconstruction of Femininity
Slipping the Knot of Language: Realism and Indeterminacy for H.D.

3. Subjects of Knowledge: Processing Gender and Sexuality

Beverly Dahlen
Lori Lubeski
Laura Moriarty

4. Feminist Phenomenologies: Language as the Horizon of Encounter

Leslie Scalapino
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Carla Harryman

5. "Cries open to the words inside them": Textual Truth and Historical Materialism in the Poetry of Susan Howe

Interventions in History: Recovering the Feminine
Intertextuality and the Material Word
The "Visible surface of Discourse"
A Poetics of Encounter


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