Poetry & Language Writing
Objective and Surreal
David Arnold is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Worcester.
Acknowledgements List of permissions 1. The Scholarly Life of Language Writing 2. Surrealism: An Excommunicated Vessel? 3. Under the Sign of Negation: William Carlos Williams and Surrealism 4. The Surreal-O-bjectivist Nexus 5. Michael Palmer’s Poetics of Witness 6. Scorch and Scan: The Writing of Susan Howe 7. ‘Just Rehashed Surrealism’? The Writing of Barrett Watten Notes Bibliography Index
This is an important book for anyone wanting to think beyond the critical commonplaces often applied to contemporary American poetry. It performs a strenuous argument, and makes some strenuous demands of its reader. But the effort is well worthwhile, highlighting as it does the reader's critical relationship with America's poetics, with the structures of power and radicalism that haunt the American imagination, and with the ethical challenges of over very act of "reading "America.
Journal of American Studies, 43
An important study with an original thesis that is tightly argued…it has much to offer the study of contemporary American poetry.
Edge Hill University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 1, 2007
Series: Poetry &... 2