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Discrepant Engagement : Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing - Nathaniel Mackey

Discrepant Engagement

Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing

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Discrepant Engagement addresses work by a number of authors not normally grouped under a common rubric--black writers from the United States and the Caribbean and the so-called Black Mountain poets. Nathaniel Mackey examines the ways in which the experimental aspects of their work advance a critique of the assumptions underlying conventional perceptions and practice. Arguing that the work of these writers engages the discrepancy between presumed norms and qualities of experience such norms fail to accommodate, Mackey highlights their valorization of dissonance, divergence and formal disruption. He advances a cross-cultural mix that is uncommon in studies of experimental writing, frequently bringing the works and ideas of the authors it addresses into dialogue and juxtaposition with one another, insisting that parallels, counterpoint and relevance to one another exist among writers otherwise separated by ethnic and regional boundaries.

"...an exciting collection of essays that promote what Cornel West calls 'dedeisciplinizing modes of knowing.'" Michael Coyle, American Literature

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: And All the Birds Sing Bassp. 1
The Changing Same: Black Music in the Poetry of Amiri Barakap. 22
To Define An Ultimate Dimness: The Poetry of Clarence Majorp. 49
The World-Poem in Microcosm: Robert Duncan's "The Continent"p. 66
Uroboros: Robert Duncan's Dante and A Seventeenth Century Suitep. 88
Robert Creeley's The Gold Diggers: Projective Prosep. 104
That Words Can Be on the Page: The Graphic Aspect of Charles Olson's Poeticsp. 121
New Series I (Folk Series): Edward Kamau Brathwaite's New World Trilogyp. 139
Limbo, Dislocation, Phantom Limb: Wilson Harris and the Caribbean Occasionp. 162
Poseidon (Dub Version)p. 180
The Unruly Pivot: Wilson Harris's The Eye of the Scarecrowp. 191
The Imagination of Justice: Wilson Harris's Ascent to Omaip. 214
Sound and Sentiment, Sound and Symbolp. 231
On Edgep. 260
Other: From Noun to Verbp. 265
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780521444538
ISBN-10: 0521444535
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 16th December 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59