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Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

Procedural Form in Postmodern American Poetry

Berrigan, Antin, Silliman, and Hejinian

Authors: Huntsperger, D.

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This book explores the political significance of formal experimentation in American poetry written during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. It focuses on the use of procedural forms, which involve the invention of rules or methods designed to structure the production of a poem's content.

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DAVID W. HUNTSPERGER, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington, USA.

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"Following Joseph Conte's pioneering work on serial forms in postmodern poetry, Huntsperger reads procedural poetry - works that William James might have recognized as a fine new kind of realism - not only for evidence of individual acts of extraordinary literary labor, but for clues to the general conditions of economic production in post-war America. All cultural artifacts, from the most recondite avant-garde arcana to the most popular and spectacular corporate entertainments, evince the historical (political, social) pressures that deform them, but the avant-garde, Procedural Form shows us, can also display the possibilities for a studied resistance to such pressures." - Craig Dworkin, Professor, University of Utah

"Examining poetry by Ted Berrigan, David Antin, Ron Silliman, and Lyn Hejinian, David Huntsperger demonstrates how the various procedural forms they employ reveal the labor that goes into the making of the poetry. This matters because it allows Huntsperger to advance a Marxian reading that counters Fredric Jameson s famous dismissal of postmodern poetry as schizophrenic, presenting it instead as a compelling and rewarding form of social critique." - Stephen Fredman, author of Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art

"Huntsperger is a congenial and expert guide to the intricacies of procedural form, arguing convincingly for the powers of political critique that poetry may still command." - Peter Nicholls, New York University


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Procedural Form in Postmodern American Poetry
Book Subtitle
Berrigan, Antin, Silliman, and Hejinian
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
David W. Huntsperger
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10610-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230106109
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38382-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 195
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