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Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature

Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry

Authors: Barda, Jeff

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  • Provides translations of important French theoretical and poetic texts
  • Surveys French poetry since 1968
  • Challenges definitions of the lyric and contributes to larger discourses studied in Anglophone poetry
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Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry offers a new theoretical approach and historical perspective on the remarkable upsurge in creative poetic practices in France that have challenged traditional definitions of poetry and of the lyric. Focusing on the work of Pierre Alferi, Olivier Cadiot, Emmanuel Hocquard, Franck Leibovici, Anne Portugal and Denis Roche, this book provides an analysis of the most influential poets in French poetry of the last few decades. It contextualizes the theoretical models that inform their investigations, analyzing them alongside the history of the avant-garde and the heated theoretical debates that have taken place over whether to continue or bring an end to the lyric. Systematically addressing the various strategies employed by these poets and drawing on reception theory and cognitive studies, Jeff Barda argues that French radical poetics re-evaluates the lyric in cognitive terms beyond the personal. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in twenty-first-century forms of experimental writing and the connections between literature and the arts today.



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Jeff Barda is Junior Research Fellow in French at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK.


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“Focusing on the principle of recycled language, Barda gives us a delightfully readable and comprehensive account of contemporary French poetics. He presents not only six of the most important poets in France today, but also the history of twentieth century French poetry, the political and social stakes at its core, and many of the thinkers, from Wittgenstein to Deleuze, who have informed it. This is an essential text for anyone interested in French literature, shining a spotlight on its vibrant present and pointing toward its very promising future.” (Cole Swensen, poet, translator and Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University, USA)

“Anyone interested in the fate of the lyric whether French or otherwise, in our time, will profit from reading this brilliant analytic study of what poetry does and does not do in the age of information.” (Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita of English at Stanford University, USA and Florence R. Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of Southern California, USA)

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15293-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15293-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15292-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 327
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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