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Assembling Alternatives

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  • Copyright: 2003-04-29
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Univ Pr
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Assembling Alternatives brings together five English-speaking communities -- the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland and Australia -- to discuss how national differences have inflected poetic experimentation. The 24 essays provide historic overviews, close readings, personal views and polemics on poetics as they have developed in situ. These "oppositional poetries" and poetics are highly diverse and can only be unified -- as they are here -- as an imagined collective alternative to a mainstream and institutionalized practice of poetry. By tracing the varied histories and trajectories of innovative poetry in these countries, and by engaging in readings of specific texts from within these traditions, Assembling Alternatives suggests subtle but provocative differences in strategies of resistance, constructions of self, use of voice and use of technology.

Author Biography

Romana Huk is Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She is co-editor of Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (1996), and author of a forthcoming book on Stevie Smith as well as numerous essays on contemporary poetics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1(40)
Romana Huk
I International inflections / histories / comparisons
Where Have All the Equal Signs Gone?: Inside/Outside the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Site
Jeff Derksen
A/Politics of Contemporary Anglo-Canadian Poetries: The Toronto Research Group and the Kootenay School of Writing
Miriam Nichols
The American Avant-Garde after 1989: Notes toward a History
Steve Evans
Poetic Relations and Related Poetics: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Charles Bernstein
Alison Mark
Imagined Readerships and Poetic Innovation in U.K. Poetry
Peter Middleton
Slobbering Distance: American, British, and Irish Exploratory Poetries in a Global Era
Keith Tuma
Irish Terrain: Alternate Planes of Cleavage
Trevor Joyce
The American Model II
Philip Mead
II Intranational divides and intracultural differences
Interview with an Empire
M. NourbeSe Philip
Cultural Cannibalism and the Intercultural Text
Don Wellman
``Choice Voice Noise'': Soundings in Innovative African-American Poetry
Kathleen Crown
`giving tongue'
cris cheek
Complexities of Subjectivity: Scottish Poets and Multiplicity
Nancy Gish
Feminist Experimentalism, Literary History, and Subjectivity: ``this lyric forever error'' of Kathleen Fraser and Denise Riley
Linda A. Kinnahan
`& how else can I be here?': Reading Cross-Wise through Some Poetries of Canada
Susan Rudy
The Nadja and Nanette of Gail Scott's Main Brides (Against Ochre Pediment and Aztec Sky)
Carla Harryman
III In practice / polemics
John Cayley
In the Place of Writing
Caroline Bergvall
Signs Taken for Signifiers: Language Writing, Fetishism and Disavowal
David Marriott
What Is Literature? From Material Text to Cultural Poetics
Barrett Watten
Too-Close Reading: Poetry and Schizophrenia
John Wilkinson
Polemic Greeting to the Inhabitants of Utopia
Bob Perelman
After Avant-gardism: Her Weasels Wild Returning
Rod Mengham
My Eighteenth Century: Draft towards a Cabinet
Lisa Robertson
Contributors' List of Further Readings 399(6)
Notes on Contributors 405

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