Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 24, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 313 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

And All the Birds Sing Bass I
1
Amiri Baraka
22
The Poetry
49
Robert Duncans The
66
Robert Duncans Dante and A Seventeenth
88
Projective Prose
104
The Graphic Aspect
121
Edward Kamau Brathwaites
139
Wilson Harris
162
Poseidon Dub Version
180
Wilson Harriss Ascent
214
Sound and Sentiment Sound and Symbol
231
On Edge
260
Notes
287
Index
305
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Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1942), is the author of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, editor of the Literary Jounal Hambone, and radio show host. His collection, Splay Anthem, won the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry. He is also on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, and is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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