Poetics and Precarity Book

Poetics and Precarity

  • Author : Myung Mi Kim
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Date : 2018-05-01
  • Category : Electronic books
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 9781438470009

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Poets and critics address the potential of language to address the increasing level of discord and precarity in the twenty-first century. At a time when wars, acts of terrorism, and ecological degradation have intensified and isolationism, misogyny, and ethnic divisiveness have been given distinctively more powerful voice in public discourse, language itself often seems to have failed. The poets and critics in this book argue that language has the potential to address this increasing level of discord and precarity, and they negotiate ways to understand poetics, or the role of the poetic, in relation to language, the body politic, the human body, breath, the bodies of the natural environment, and the body of form. Poetry makes urgent issues audible and poetics helps to theorize those issues into critical consciousness. Poetry also functions as a cry to protest late capitalist imperialism, misogyny, racism, climate change, and all the debilitating conditions of everyday life. Hubs of concern merge and diverge; precarity takes differently gendered, historied, embodied, geopolitical manifestations. The contributors articulate a poetics that renders what has not yet been crystallized as discourse into fields of force. They also acknowledge the beauties of sound, poetry, and music, and celebrate the power of community, marking the surge of energy that can occur at a particular place at a particular moment. Ultimately, Poetics and Precarity fosters further conversations that will imagine the concerns of poetics as a continuously emerging field.

Poetics of Breathing Book

Poetics of Breathing

  • Author : Stefanie Heine
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Date : 2021-05-01
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN : 9781438483597

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A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature. Breathing and its rhythms—liminal, syncopal, and usually inconspicuous—have become a core poetic compositional principle in modern literature. Examining moments when breath’s punctuations, cessations, inhalations, or exhalations operate at the limits of meaningful speech, Stefanie Heine explores how literary texts reflect their own mediality, production, and reception in alluding to and incorporating pneumatic rhythms, respiratory sound, and silent pauses.. Through close readings of works by a series of pairs—Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; Robert Musil and Virginia Woolf; Samuel Beckett and Sylvia Plath; and Paul Celan and Herta Müller—Poetics of Breathing suggests that each offers a different conception of literary or poetic breath as a precondition of writing. Presenting a challenge to historical and contemporary discourses that tie breath to the transcendent and the natural, Heine traces a decoupling of breath from its traditional association with life, and asks what literature might lie beyond. Stefanie Heine is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her previous books include Reading Breath in Literature (coauthored with Arthur Rose, Naya Tsentourou, Corinne Saunders, and Peter Garrett).

Literary Representations of Precarious Work  1840 to the Present Book

Literary Representations of Precarious Work 1840 to the Present

  • Author : Michiel Rys
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Date : 2022-01-03
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9783030881740

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Literary Representations of Precarious Work, 1840 to the Present sheds new light on literary representations of precarious labor from 1840 until the present. With contributions by experts in American, British, French, German and Swedish culture, this book examines how literature has shaped the understanding of socio-economic precarity, a concept that is mostly used to describe living and working conditions in our contemporary neoliberal and platform economy. This volume shows that authors tried to develop new poetic tools and literary techniques to translate the experience of social regression and insecurity to readers. While some authors critically engage with normative models of work by zooming in on the physical and affective backlash of being a precarious worker, others even find inspiration in their own situations as writers trying to survive. Furthermore, this volume shows that precarity is not an exclusively contemporary phenomenon and that literature has always been a central medium to (critically) register forms of social insecurity. By retrieving parts of that archive, this volume paves the way to a historically nuanced view on contemporary regimes of precarious work.

Breath and Precarity Book

Breath and Precarity

  • Author : Nathaniel Mackey
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2021-09-15
  • Category :
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 0990945391

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Poetry. African & African American Studies. "If 'I can't breathe' seems to have become the awful refrain of the age, a repeated corroboration of expendability and helplessness, Mackey reminds us that black culture has long been imbued with a profound sense of the fragility of life. The 'radical pneumaticism' of black music--in which saxophonists such as Ben Webster and Sonny Rollins extravagantly foreground the mechanics of their breathing as they play, as though to 'insist upon and belabor' the indispensability of respiration--is not only an aesthetics but also a political commentary on social precarity. Compact and muted as it may be, how can Mackey's lecture be described as anything other than breathtaking, when it forces us to 'hover,' to pause, to wonder at the 'transient boon' of the next breath we're about to take?"--Brent Hayes Edwards

Migration and Modernities Book

Migration and Modernities

  • Author : DeLucia JoEllen DeLucia
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Date : 2018-11-27
  • Category :
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781474440370

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Recovers a comparative literary history of migrationThis collection initiates transnational, transcultural and interdisciplinary conversations about migration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Migrants are by definition liminal, and many have existed historically in the murky spaces between nations, regions or ethnicities. These essays together traverse the globe, revealing the experiences - real or imagined - of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century migrants, from dispossessed Native Americans to soldiers in South America, Turkish refugees to Scottish settlers. They explore the aesthetic and rhetorical frameworks used to represent migrant experiences during a time when imperial expansion and technological developments made the fortunes of some migrants and made exiles out of others. These frameworks continue to influence the narratives we tell ourselves about migration today and were crucial in producing a distinctively modern subjectivity in which mobility and rootlessness have become normative.Key FeaturesOffers a comparative framework for understanding the modern history of migration and the aesthetics of mobilityForegrounds interdisciplinary debates about belonging, rights, and citizenshipDemonstrates how mobility unsettles the national, cultural, racialized, and gendered frames we often use to organize literary and historical studyBrings together scholars from the US and Europe to explore the connections between migrant experiences and the emergence of modernityEmphasizes the globalism of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

The Precarious Book

The Precarious

  • Author : Cecilia Vicuña
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Date : 1997
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 0819563242

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A dual volume displays the work of the environmental artist, left-wing activist, and poet, who combines Andean vernacular with other languages to weave playful verse, along with a book of critical essays about her work. UP.

Precarious Spaces Book

Precarious Spaces

  • Author : Miguel Imas
  • Publisher : Intellect Books
  • Date : 2016-08-01
  • Category : Art
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9781783205950

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Precarious Spaces addresses current concerns around the instrumentality and agency of art in the context of the precarity of daily life. The book offers a survey of socially and community-engaged art practices in South America, focusing in particular on Brazil, and contributes to the debate about the possibility for change through social, environmental and ecological solutions. The chapters present a wide spectrum of contemporary social agency models with an emphasis on detailed case studies and local histories. Chapters feature critical reflections on the spaces of urban voids, derelict buildings, self-built communities such as favela, and roadside occupations.

Otherwise Worlds Book

Otherwise Worlds

  • Author : Tiffany Lethabo King
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Date : 2020-06-26
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN : 9781478012023

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The contributors to Otherwise Worlds investigate the complex relationships between settler colonialism and anti-Blackness to explore the political possibilities that emerge from such inquiries. Pointing out that presumptions of solidarity, antagonism, or incommensurability between Black and Native communities are insufficient to understand the relationships between the groups, the volume's scholars, artists, and activists look to articulate new modes of living and organizing in the service of creating new futures. Among other topics, they examine the ontological status of Blackness and Indigeneity, possible forms of relationality between Black and Native communities, perspectives on Black and Indigenous sociality, and freeing the flesh from the constraints of violence and settler colonialism. Throughout the volume's essays, art, and interviews, the contributors carefully attend to alternative kinds of relationships between Black and Native communities that can lead toward liberation. In so doing, they critically point to the importance of Black and Indigenous conversations for formulating otherwise worlds. Contributors Maile Arvin, Marcus Briggs-Cloud, J. Kameron Carter, Ashon Crawley, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Chris Finley, Hotvlkuce Harjo, Sandra Harvey, Chad B. Infante, Tiffany Lethabo King, Jenell Navarro, Lindsay Nixon, Kimberly Robertson, Jared Sexton, Andrea Smith, Cedric Sunray, Se’mana Thompson, Frank B. Wilderson

Writing Not Writing Book

Writing Not Writing

  • Author : Tom Fisher
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Date : 2017-07
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN : 9781609384807

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Writing Not Writing is both a detailed analysis of four individual poets who left poetry behind and a theoretically provocative exploration of the political and ethical possibilities of silence, not-doing, and disavowal. Reading the silences of George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, and Bob Kaufman, the renunciation of Laura Riding, and other more contemporary instances and modes of poetic abnegation, Tom Fisher explores silence, refusal, and disavowal as political and ethical modes of response in a time of continuous crisis. Through a turn away from writing, these poets offer strategies of refusal and departure that leave anagrammatical hollows behind, activating the negational capacities of writing and aesthetics to disrupt the empire of sense, speech, and agency. "

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts Book

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts

  • Author : Alessandro Bertinetto
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2021-07-22
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Pages : 756
  • ISBN : 9781000397840

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Over the last few decades, the notion of improvisation has enriched and dynamized research on traditional philosophies of music, theatre, dance, poetry, and even visual art. This Handbook offers readers an authoritative collection of accessible articles on the philosophy of improvisation, synthesizing and explaining various subjects and issues from the growing wave of journal articles and monographs in the field. Its 48 chapters, written specifically for this volume by an international team of scholars, are accessible for students and researchers alike. The volume is organized into four main sections: I Art and Improvisation: Theoretical Perspectives II Art and Improvisation: Aesthetical, Ethical, and Political Perspectives III Improvisation in Musical Practices IV Improvisation in the Visual, Narrative, Dramatic, and Interactive Arts Key Features: Treats improvisation not only as a stylistic feature, but also as an aesthetic property of artworks and performances as well as a core element of artistic creativity. Spells out multiple aspects of the concept of improvisation, emphasizing its relevance in understanding the nature of art. Covers improvisation in a wide spectrum of artistic domains, including unexpected ones such as literature, visual arts, games, and cooking. Addresses key questions, such as: - How can improvisation be defined and what is its role in different art forms? - Can improvisation be perceived as such, and how can it be aesthetically evaluated? - What is the relationship between improvisation and notions such as action, composition, expressivity, and authenticity? - What is the ethical and political significance of improvisation?

Crossing Bar Lines Book

Crossing Bar Lines

  • Author : James Gordon Williams
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Date : 2021-03-15
  • Category : Music
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN : 9781496832146

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In Crossing Bar Lines: The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space James Gordon Williams reframes the nature and purpose of jazz improvisation to illuminate the cultural work being done by five creative musicians between 2005 and 2019. The political thought of five African American improvisers—trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Ambrose Akinmusire, drummers Billy Higgins and Terri Lyne Carrington, and pianist Andrew Hill—is documented through insightful, multilayered case studies that make explicit how these musicians articulate their positionality in broader society. Informed by Black feminist thought, these case studies unite around the theory of Black musical space that comes from the lived experiences of African Americans as they improvise through daily life. The central argument builds upon the idea of space-making and the geographic imagination in Black Geographies theory. Williams considers how these musicians interface with contemporary social movements like Black Lives Matter, build alternative institutional models that challenge gender imbalance in improvisation culture, and practice improvisation as joyful affirmation of Black value and mobility. Both Terence Blanchard and Ambrose Akinmusire innovate musical strategies to address systemic violence. Billy Higgins’s performance is discussed through the framework of breath to understand his politics of inclusive space. Terri Lyne Carrington confronts patriarchy in jazz culture through her Social Science music project. The work of Andrew Hill is examined through the context of his street theory, revealing his political stance on performance and pedagogy. All readers will be elevated by this innovative and timely book that speaks to issues that continue to shape the lives of African Americans today.

Brill   s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas Book

Brill s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas

  • Author :
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Date : 2021-08-30
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 452
  • ISBN : 9789004468658

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Brill’s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas opens a window onto classical receptions across the Hispanophone, Lusophone, Francophone and Anglophone Americas during the early modern period, examining classical reception as a phenomenon in transhemispheric perspective for the first

Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture Book

Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture

  • Author : Dr Michael R Griffiths
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Date : 2016-01-28
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781472450005

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From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many worthwhile processes of public memory have been enacted on the national and international levels. But how do these extant practices of memory function to precipitate justice and recompense? Are there moments when such techniques, performances, and displays of memory serve to obscure and elide aspects of the history of colonial governmentality? This collection addresses these and other questions in essays that take up the varied legacies, continuities, modes of memorialization, and poetics of remaking that attend colonial governmentality in spaces as varied as the Maghreb and the Solomon Islands. Highlighting the continued injustices arising from a process whose aftermath is far from settled, the contributors examine works by twentieth-century authors representing Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Europe. Imperial practices throughout the world have fomented a veritable culture of memory. The essays in this volume show how the legacy of colonialism’s attempt to transform the mode of life of colonized peoples has been central to the largely unequal phenomenon of globalization.

Social Poetics Book

Social Poetics

  • Author : Mark Nowak
  • Publisher : Coffee House Press
  • Date : 2020-03-10
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : 9781566895750

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Social Poetics documents the imaginative militancy and emergent solidarities of a new, insurgent working class poetry community rising up across the globe. Part autobiography, part literary criticism, part Marxist theory, Social Poetics presents a people’s history of the poetry workshop from the founding director of the Worker Writers School. Nowak illustrates not just what poetry means, but what it does to and for people outside traditional literary spaces, from taxi drivers to street vendors, and other workers of the world.

Border and Bordering Book

Border and Bordering

  • Author : Jayjit Sarkar
  • Publisher : Ibidem Press
  • Date : 2021-03-08
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 3838214625

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This volume focuses on the idea of the border and its various geopolitical, sociocultural, and cognitive incarnations. It contains sixteen essays on various aspects of thinking border as well as border-thinking in literature, philosophy, historiography, strategic studies, films, and TV series.