Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Language: English

Pages: 312

ISBN: 0817353216

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Feminist issues in avant garde poetry.
 
In her now-classic The Pink Guitar, Rachel Blau DuPlessis examined a number of modern and contemporary poets and artists to explore the possibility of finding a language that would question deeply held assumptions about gender. In the 12 essays and introduction that constitute Blue Studios, DuPlessis continues that task, examining the work of experimental poets and the innovative forms they have fashioned to challenge commonplace assumptions about gender and cultural authority.
 
The essays in “Attitudes and Practices” deal with two questions: what a feminist reading of cultural texts involves, and the nature of the essay itself as a mode of knowing: how poetry can be discursive and how the essay can be poetic. The goal of “Marble Paper,” with its studies of William Wordsworth, Ezra Pound, and Charles Olson is to suggest terms for a “feminist history of poetry.”
 
“Perspectives must be fashioned that displace and estrange the world,” Theodore Adorno wrote, and in the section "Urrealism" DuPlessis examines the work of poets from several schools (the Objectivists, the New York School, the surrealists) whose work embodies that displacement, among them George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, H.D., and Barbara Guest. These writers’ radical deployment of line, sound, and structure, DuPlessis argues, demonstrate poetry’s power not as a purely literary, artistic, or aesthetic force but as a rhetorical form intricately tied to issues of power and ethics. And in "Migrated Into,” the author probes the ways these issues have informed her, as a poet and a critic; how the political has “migrated into” and suffused her own work; and how the practice of poetry can be an arousal to a deeper understanding of what we stand for.
 

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under U.S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 20 / Attitudes and Practices time it presented a powerful invisible barrier. It was as if I had been cast in a Bildung vs. romance nineteenth-century novel by my contemporaries, my men and boys, my mentors, such as they were, and my colleagues. Plus by patriarchal me. Self-repression and cultural censorship of females were in interlock. Adrienne

set within his magisterial red world. To write in the spirit of friskiness, pensive loose ends, and rumination from a blue studio changes the direction of those female depictions to activated women, produced in and by, but also producing art. Arcade 1. “Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. . . . The lists featured only You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. Any posting, copying, or

Press. Any posting, copying, or distributing of this work beyond fair use as defined under U.S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. Blue Studio / 53 ever taken under the rubric feminism. Of course! The whole point is disaggregating the blanket term, making it precise and situational. This seems obvious but worth repeating. Feminism is a capacious, historically mobile term ¤lled with its own

make a claim for poetry as a rhetorical form intricately tied up with such a horizon. Ethical You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. Any posting, copying, or distributing of this work beyond fair use as defined under U.S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. Introduction / 7 yearning. And ethical urgency. That is, poetry as a practice, as a choice (I

injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. Propounding Modernist Maleness / 123 One part of the apparatus of poesis is the relation of gendered muse to poet. This is a particularly fraught site because it involves cultural convention, biographical materials, literary representation, and their reinvention in any particular situated case. That is, subject positions such as “muse” or “inspired by a muse” appear variously in poetic

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