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- DescriptionThis collection is considered to be more than a work of criticism by the poet Charles Bernstein, it is a poetic intervention into criticism. Artifice of Absorption , a key essay, is written in verse, and its structures and rhythms initiate the reader into the strength and complexity of the argument. In a variety of topics, polemic, and styles, Bernstein surveys the current poetry scene and addresses many of the issues of poststructuralist literary theory. Poetics is the continuation of poetry by other means, he writes. What role does poetics play in contemporary culture; or what role should it play? Bernstein finds the answer in dissent, t merely in argument but in form, in the way we draw things together and pull them apart - a poetics language that resists being easily absorbed into the conventions of our culture. Insisting on the vital need for radical invation, Bernstein traces the traditions of modern poetry back to Stein and Wilde, taking issue with those critics who see in the post-modern a loss of political and aesthetic relevance. He joins in the debate on cultural diversity and the definition of modernism. He considers Swinburne and Morris along with considerations of Wittgenstein, Khelbnikov, Ador, Jameson, and Pac-Man. Never far from view is the question of politic and poetic form. Along with critiques of conformity in mainstream writing, Bernstein includes a chapter on the effect of the Holocaust on the forms of powstwar American poetry. Charles Bernstein cofounded the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and has written 19 books of poetry.
- Author(s)Charles Bernstein
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication25/03/1992
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content NoteIll.
- Weight345 g
- Width152 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine16 mm
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