Poethical Wager by Joan Retallack
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Poethical Wager
By Joan Retallack

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Poethical Wager by Joan Retallack

Book Description

In these highly inventive essays, Joan Retallack, acclaimed poet and essayist, conveys her unique post-utopian vision as she explores the relationship between art and life in today's chaotic world. In the tradition of the essay as complex humanist exploration, she engages ideas from across history: Aristotle's definition of happiness, Epicurus's swerve into unpredictable possibility, Montaigne's essays as an instrument of self-invention, John Cage's redefinition of Silence. Within her unifying rubric of poethics, Retallack gives the reader plenty of surprises with a wonderful range of examples, situations, and texts through which she conducts her exploration. A computer glitch, a passage from Gertrude Stein's favorite detective novelist, the idea of the experimental feminine, a John Cage performance - all serve as occasions for inquiry and speculation on the way to her poethics of a 'complex realism.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520218413
ISBN-10: 0520218418
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 291
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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A selection of the works of the author taken from the period between 1905 and 1936, when he was engaged in an astounding number of still-surprising literary experiments, whose innovations continue to influence various arts.

Poetry and Pedagogy by Joan Retallack Poetry and Pedagogy, Hardback (February 2006)

A reading of the contemporary poetries. This collection brings together the work of scholars, poets, and teachers on the challenges and productive possibilities that arise when teaching contemporary writing. The raison d'etre for this book is the belief that poetry is the linguistic laboratory of the times in which one lives.

Afterimages by Joan Retallack Afterimages, Paperback (March 1995)

Retallack s book draws readers into a meditative experience of time, space and language."

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Author Biography - Joan Retallack

Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is author of How to Do Things with Words (1998), Musicage: Cage Muses on Words Art Music (1996), Afterrimages (1995), and Errata 5uite (1993), among other books.

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