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- DescriptionIn Uriginal Genius Marjorie Perloff explores a new development in contemporary poetry: the repurposing of other people's words in order to make new works, by framing, citing, and recycling already existing phrases, sentences, and even full texts. Paradoxically, she argues, this 'uriginal' poetry is more accessible and, in a sense, 'personal' than the hermetic poetry of the 1980s and '90s. Perloff traces this poetics of Uriginal Genius from one of its paradigmatic works, Walter Benjamin's encyclopedic Arcades Project , a book largely made up of citations. She discusses the processes of choice, framing, and reconfiguration in the work of Brazilian Concretism and Oulipo, two movements w understood to be precursors of such hybrid citational texts as Charles Bernstein's opera libretto Shadowtime and Susan Howe's documentary lyric sequence The Midnight . Uriginal Genius concludes with a discussion of Kenneth Goldsmith's conceptualist book Traffic - a seemingly pure transcript of one holiday weekend's worth of radio traffic reports. In these instances and many others, Perloff reveals 'poetry by other means' of great ingenuity, wit, and complexity.
- Author BiographyMarjorie Perloff is professor emerita of English at Stanford University and the author or editor of many books, including Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary and The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Marjorie Perloff
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication27/04/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note2 colour plates, 40 halftones
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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