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Disjunctive Poetics : From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe - Peter Quartermain

Disjunctive Poetics

From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe

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Disjunctive Poetics examines some of the most interesting and experimental contemporary writers whose work forms a counterpoint to the mainstream writing of our time. Peter Quartermain suggests that the explosion of noncanonical modern writing is linked to the severe political, social, and economic dislocation of non-English-speaking immigrants who, bringing alternative culture with them as they passed through Ellis Island in their hundreds of thousands at the turn of the century, found themselves uprooted from their tradition and disassociated from their culture. The line of American poetry that runs from Gertrude Stein through Louis Zukofsky and the Objectivists to the Language Writers, Quartermain contends, is not the constructive but deconstructive aspect that emphasized the materiality and ambiguity of the linguistic medium and the arbitrariness and openess of the creative process.

"Articulate, resourceful readings of the decisive poetry of our time, beginning with Gertrude Stein and continuing to the latest, crucial ground work of Susan Howe. Truly a pioneering work." Robert Creely "The line of American experimentalist poetry that extends from Gertrude Stein to Susan Howe (with such major figures as Louis Zukofsky, Robert Creely, Robert Duncan, and Guy Davenport along the way) has never had a more lucid, subtle, and discriminating interpreter than Peter Quartermain. In their spirited engagement with seemingly recalcitrant material, these superb essays are sure to become classics of their kind." Marjorie Perloff |x x

Preface
Introduction
'A Narrative of Undermine': Gertrude Stein's Multiplicity
Recurrencies: No. 12 of Louis Zukofsky's Anew
'Instant Entirety': Zukofsky's 'A'
'Not at All Surprised by Science': Louis Zukofsky's First Half of 'A' - 9
'Actual Word Stuff, Not Thoughts for Thoughts': Williams and Zukofsky
'Only Is Oreder Othered. Nought Is Nulled': Finnegans Wake and Middle and Late Zukofsky
'To Make Glad the Heart of Man': Bunting, Pound and Whitman
Six Plaints and a Lament for Basil Bunting
Exploring the Mere: A Note on Charles Reznikoff's Shorter Poems
Robert Creeley What Counts
'Go Contrary, Go Sing': Robert Duncan 1919-1988
Writing as Assemblage: Guy Davenport
And The Without: An Interpretive Essay on Susan Howe
Notes
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521412681
ISBN-10: 0521412684
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th June 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55