Marjorie Perloff: The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986)
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“Marjorie Perloff’s stunning book was one of the first to offer a serious and far-reaching examination of the momentous flourishing of Futurist aesthetics in the European art and literature of the early twentieth century. Offering penetrating considerations of the prose, visual art, poetry, and carefully crafted manifestos of Futurists from Russia to Italy, Perloff reveals the Moment’s impulses and operations, tracing its echoes through the years to the work of “postmodern” figures like Roland Barthes.”
Publisher University of Chicago Press, 1986
ISBN 0226657310, 9780226657318
Reviews: Gregory L. Ulmer (Criticism, 1988), Hank Lazer (South Atlantic Review, 1988), Timothy Materer (Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 1988), Patricia Hopkins (Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, 1988), Willard Bohn (Comparative Literature, 1989), Jean-Michel Rabaté (Jacket2, 2012).
Interview with author (Harriet, 2013)
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Filed under book | Tags: · decolonization, entanglement, literary criticism, postcolonialism
“In Unthinking Mastery Julietta Singh challenges a core, fraught dimension of geopolitical, cultural, and scholarly endeavor: the drive toward mastery over the self and others. Drawing on postcolonial theory, queer theory, new materialism, and animal studies, Singh traces how pervasive the concept of mastery has been to modern politics and anticolonial movements. She juxtaposes destructive uses of mastery, such as the colonial domination of bodies, against more laudable forms, such as intellectual and linguistic mastery, to underscore how the concept—regardless of its use—is rooted in histories of violence and the wielding of power.
For anticolonial thinkers like Fanon and Gandhi, forms of bodily mastery were considered to be the key to a decolonial future. Yet as Singh demonstrates, their advocacy for mastery unintentionally reinforced colonial logics. In readings of postcolonial literature by J. M. Coetzee, Mahasweta Devi, Indra Sinha, and Jamaica Kincaid, Singh suggests that only by moving beyond the compulsive desire to become masterful human subjects can we disentangle ourselves from the legacies of violence and fantasies of invulnerability that lead us to hurt other humans, animals, and the environment.”
Publisher Duke University Press, Durham, 2018
ISBN 9780822369226, 0822369222
Reviews: Melinda Backer (ASAP Journal, 2018), Justyna Poray-Wybranowska (Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2018), Michael Mulvey (Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 2018).
Interview with author (Roberto Sirvent, Black Agenda Report, 2018)
Filed under book | Tags: · lettrism, literary criticism, literature, poetry
This is the first anthology of Lettrist poetry, with a lengthy historical essay by Jean-Paul Curtay and a selection of Lettrist documents.
Works by Isidore Isou, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Micheline Hachette, Jacqueline Tarkieltaub, François Poyet, Jean-Pierre Gillard, Jean-Paul Curtay, Françoise Canal, Gérard-Philippe Broutin, Patrick Poulain, Antoine Grimaud, Pierre Jouvet, Janie Van Den Driessche, Florence Villers, Sylvie Fauconnier, Jacqueline Panhelleux, Catherine Caron, Mona Fillières, and Sandra Scarnati.
Publisher Seghers, Paris, 1974
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