Opposing Poetries: Readings

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Northwestern University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 207 pages
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Opposing Poetries presents a selection of Hank Lazer's writing on a range of issues in contemporary American poetry. Through a series of recurring cultural, material, and institutional perspectives, Lazer investigates the assumptions and habits that govern conflicting conceptions of contemporary American poetry, while refining, reconsidering, and questioning his own and modern theorists' assertions and claims relating to experimental poetry.

In Volume Two, Lazer presents a series of sustained readings of important experimental texts. Included are the poets Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, Bruce Andrews, and James Sherry. Lazer places these poets in the context of contemporary literary theory, and inspects both the successes and failures of said theory to interpret these works.
  

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Contents

Language Writing or Literary History and
19
Susan Howes Textual Frontiers
60
The Writing of Bruce Andrews
77
David Antins Selected Poems 19611975
95
Douglas Messerlis Maxims from My Mothers
110
Reading and Writing Ron Sillimans Demo to Ink
168
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About the author (1996)

Hank Lazer is Professor of English and Assistant Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Alabama. He has published widely in both poetry and criticism.

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