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Discrepant Engagement

Discrepant Engagement
Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521444538

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  • Discrepant Engagement addresses work by a number of authors not normally grouped under a common rubric - black writers from the United States and the Caribbean and the so-called Black Mountain poets. Nathaniel Mackey examines the ways in which the experimental aspects of their work advance a critique of the assumptions underlying conventional perceptions and practice. Arguing that the work of these writers engages the discrepancy between presumed norms and qualities of experience such norms fail to accommodate, Mackey highlights their valorization of dissonance, divergence and formal disruption. He advances a cross-cultural mix that is uncommon in studies of experimental writing, frequently bringing the works and ideas of the authors it addresses into dialogue and juxtaposition with one another, insisting that parallels, counterpoint and relevance to one another exist among writers otherwise separated by ethnic and regional boundaries.

    • A cross-cultural study of an exciting body of experimental writing
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    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521444538
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 156 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.555kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: and all the birds sing bass
    2. The changing same: black music in the Poetry of Amiri Baraka
    2. To define an ultimate dimness: the poetry of Clarence Major
    4. The world-poem in microcosm: Robert Duncans 'The Continent'
    5. Uroboro's: Robert Duncan's Dante and A Seventeenth Century Suite
    6. Robert Creeley's The Gold Diggers: Projective prose
    7. That words can be on the page: the graphic aspect of Charles Olson's poetics
    8. New series 1 (Folk series): Edward Kamau Brathwaite's New World Trilogy
    9. Limbo, dislocation, phantom limb: Wilson Harris and the Caribbean occasion
    10. Poseidon (Dub version)
    11. The unruly pivot: Wilson Harris's The Eye of the Scarecrow
    12. The Imagination of Justice: Wilson Harris's Ascent to Omai
    13. Sound and sentiment, sound and symbol
    14. On edge
    15. Other: from noun to verb

  • Author

    Nathaniel Mackey, University of California, Santa Cruz

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