9780415893343

Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415893343

  • ISBN10:

    0415893348

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-26
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book examines types of resistance to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them. Walpert argues that contemporary poetry offers a palimpsest of resistance, using as case studies the poets Alison Hawthorne Deming, Pattiann Rogers, Albert Goldbarth, and Joan Retallack to trace the recapitulation of romantic arguments (inherited from Keats, Shelly, and Coleridge, which in turn were produced in part in response to Newtonian physics), modernist arguments (inherited from Eliot and Pound, arguments influenced in part by relativity and quantum theory), and postmodernist arguments (arguments informed by post-structuralist theory, e.g. Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, with affinities to arguments for the limitations of science in the philosophy, sociology, and rhetoric of science). These poems reveal the discursive ideologies of scientific language'”reveal, in other words, the performativity of scientific language, and in doing so, these poems themselves can also be read as performative acts based on the notion of intervention.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Popularization, Praise, and the Aesthetic Pleasures of Sciencep. 15
Poetry, Science, and Claims on Knowledgep. 29
The Ghost of Romanticism: Perception and Imaginationp. 61
The Ghost of Modernism: Relativity of Knowledgep. 92
The Ghost of Language: The Postmodern Subject and the Poiesis of Sciencep. 116
The Ghost of Science: Knowledge as Interventionp. 145
Epiloguep. 180
Notesp. 189
Works Citedp. 197
Indexp. 213
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