Poetry on & Off the Page: Essays for Emergent Occasions

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Northwestern University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 376 pages
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The fourteen essays that make up this collection have as their common theme a reconsideration of the role historical and cultural change has played in the evolution of twentieth-century poetry and poetics. Committed to the notion that, in John Ashbery's words, "You can't say it that way anymore," Poetry On & Off the Page describes the formations and transformations of literary and artistic discourses, and traces these discourses as they have evolved in their dialogue with history, culture, and society. The volume is testimony to the important role that contemporary artistic practice will continue to play as we move into the twenty-first century.
  

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Contents

Modernist Primitivisms and Postmodernist
34
The New American Poetry
51
Poetry 1956
83
Metrical Choice and Historical
116
The New Nonlinear Poetries
141
Some
168
Mina Loys AngloMongrels
193
The DuncanLevertov Controversy
208
Lyn Hejinians Oxota 111
222
Steve McCafferys Book Art
264
John Cages What You Say
290
Bill Violas Videoscapes
309
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About the author (1998)

Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie Dernham Patek professor of Humanities at Stanford University. She is the author of many books of literary criticism, including Poetic License: Essays on Modernist and Postmodernist Lyric and The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage, both published by Northwestern University Press.

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