By Barrett Watten
As one of many founding poets and editors of the Language university of poetry and certainly one of its important theorists, Barrett Watten has constantly challenged the limits of literature and artwork. within the Constructivist second, he deals a sequence of theoretically proficient and textually delicate readings that develop a revisionist account of the avant-garde in the course of the methodologies of cultural reports. His significant themes comprise American modernist and postmodern poetics, Soviet constructivist and post-Soviet literature and paintings, Fordism and Detroit techno - every one proposed as exemplary of the social building of aesthetic and cultural kinds. His publication is a full-scale try and position the linguistic flip of severe idea and the self-reflexive foregrounding of language via the avant-garde because the Russian Formalists relating to the cultural politics of postcolonial stories, feminism and race conception. As such, it's going to offer an important revisionist viewpoint inside of modernist and avant-garde experiences.
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23 A key passage from th e Biogmphias chapte r 1 3 registers simultaneous processes o f expansio n an d contractio n a t work , whic h w e ma y interpre t in term s o f language and poeti c form : Grant m e a natur e havin g two contrar y forces , th e on e o f whic h tend s to expan d infinitely , whil e th e othe r strive s t o apprehen d o r fin d itsel f in thi s infinity , an d I will cause the worl d o f intelligences with th e whol e system o f thei r representation s t o ris e u p befor e you .
This Jola s supplied i n the for m of a "Revolutio n of th e Wor d Dictionary " tha t liste d neologism s take n fro m modernis t au thors suc h a s Joyce , Bob Brown , Abraha m Lincol n Gillespie , an d himsel f and tha t als o retire d word s suc h a s humanism, democracy, an d nightingale from "activ e service " (fig . 2). While generall y hostile t o technolog y (''Transition i s agains t th e mechanica l language" ; 322) , Jolas encourage d a wid e range o f investigation int o linguistic phenomena, includin g an essay by Jean Paulhan o n word s a s signs, speculations o n th e language of dreams an d th e unconscious, example s o f the trans-sens e languag e o f Hug o Bal l an d Kur t Schwitters, an d transcription s o f th e rhythm s o f African-America n lan guage.