By Ashbery, John; Hejinian, Lyn; Moore, Marianne; Whitman, Walt; Ashbery, John; Whitman, Walt; Reddy, Srikanth; Hejinian, Lyn; Moore, Marianne

ISBN-10: 0199791023

ISBN-13: 9780199791026

ISBN-10: 0199791082

ISBN-13: 9780199791088

Theoretical money owed of recent American poetry frequently regard literary texts because the expression of a subjectivity irremediably fractured by means of the dividing practices of strength. In Changing Subjects, Srikanth Reddy seeks to redress our severe bias towards a fatalistic poetics of rupture and fragmentation by means of foregrounding a fluent culture of writers from Walt Whitman to John Ashbery who discover digression, instead of disjunction, as a rhetorical procedure for the making of contemporary poetry.

Mapping the ramifying topography of literary digression, Changing Subjects bargains a wide-ranging anatomy of "the excursus" inside of twentieth-century American poetics. relocating from aesthetics to the archive to narratology to figures of identification, Reddy considers a variety of spheres within which American writers revisit and revise our versions of practical discourse by way of cultivating a poetics of digression in smooth literature. In new readings of authors similar to Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Frank O'Hara, and Lyn Hejinian, this research proposes that "changing the topic" bargains a digressive strategy for negotiating the vexing complexities of artwork, wisdom, historical past, and subjectivity lower than the curious stipulations of modernity. The e-book concludes with a survey of "Elliptical" suggestions hired through a brand new new release of poets, writing within the wake of John Ashbery's aleatory craft, who search to increase the digressive venture of yank poetry into the twenty-first century

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Earlier ways of knowing do not simply vanish outright at the dawn of the modern episteme. Rather, the language of natural history enters into a purgatorial phase of existence—surfacing in such cultural fields as the poetry of early modernism—long after that discourse had been wholly displaced within modern scientific inquiry. “The Pangolin” reflects one modernist’s nostalgia for just such discourses on the cusp of extinction; throughout her animal investigations, Moore mobilizes the curious, fading procedures of natural history to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the provisional, historicized conditions of knowledge in American intellectual life of the period.

It is my hope, then, that the artfully digressive poems under study in Changing Subjects may help us “to grasp the points where change is possible and desirable, and to determine the precise form this change should take” (316). CHANGING SUBJECTS Though I frame the following chapters within a theoretical armature derived from Foucault’s methodological writings, my own critical position in Changing Subjects is neither “for” nor “against” this thinker’s work. In this book, I hope to avoid the blackmail not only of the Enlightenment but of Foucault as well.

Terrell’s exhaustive scholarly commentaries on that work). The routine, methodical excavation of the curious and uncommon— an icosasphere, a pangolin—within common public resources—a lending library, a discount store—marks a democratizing methodological innovation within the aesthetic practice of American modernism. The second stage in the compositional process shared by Moore and Cornell could be described as the construction of a secondary, private archive from the miscellany (notes, photographs, clippings, and other material) gathered on their eclectic research expeditions.

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