Imagining Language: An Anthology

Jed Rasula, Steve McCaffery
MIT Press, 2001 - 618 pagina's
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When works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Stein's Tender Buttons were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable," if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for a collection of writings that demonstrates a continuum of creative conjecture on language from antiquity to the present. The anthology, which spans three millennia, generally bypasses chronology in order to illuminate unexpected congruities between seemingly discordant materials. Together, the writings celebrate the scope and prodigality of linguistic speculation in the West going back to the pre-Socratics.


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Introduction John Bulwen From Chirologia or the Natural
Conditions 1913 9 Lupino Lane Dialogues in Rhyming Slang from
Golfo Estivo 1923 12 Zora Neale Hurston Characteristics of Negro
From Change of All 1924 16 Christopher Dewdney The Dialectic Criminal 1980
From Finnegans Wake 21 Erasmus Darwin Pronunciation Machine 1803
Short Introduction to the Word 28 Paul Scheerbart Kikakoku 1900
Workshop 42 Giacomo Balk Onomatopea Rumorista Macchina
Enochian Call 15811589 134 John Brinsley Sample Dictation 1612
Utopian and Barmoodan Verses 1630 140 Peter Walkden Fogg Unspoken Music 1796
Glossolalia 1894 143 Jonathan Swift AngloLatin Letter to Dr Sheridan
Fictive Encounters 153
From Gargantua and Pantagruel Method
From A Humument A Treated Victorian Austin Osman Spare Sigils Belief with Protection
The Warrior of the Kingdom William Bullokar Orthographic Reforms 1581
Cherokee Alphabet 1821 459 The Origin of Things Symbols and Language

From Sonata in Urlauten Armand Schwerner Tablet XI 1983
F M R 1926 119 Madeline Gins Arakawas Line in Helen Kellers
The Origin of Writing 1679
Monologue c 1798 501 Further Reading
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Overige edities - Alles weergeven

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Over de auteur (2001)

Jed Rasula is the author of Tabula Rasula: being a book of audible visual matters (1986), editor of the poetry magazine Wch Way (1976-83), and concocted Imagining Language with Steve McCaffery 1998). Author also of numerous scholarly books and articles, Rasula taught at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario from 1990-2001, departing (unsuccessfully) on September 11, 2001, to take up his current position as Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, deep (very deep) in the Bible Belt.

Steve McCaffery was born January 24, 1947, in Sheffield, England. He came to Canada partly to work with bpNichol, and the two poets formed the Toronto Research Group. McCaffery and Nichol also combined talents with Paul Dutton and Rafael Barreto-Rivera as the Four Horsemen, creating and performing innovative sound poetry. During the seventies and eighties, he and Nichol were regular contributors to the poetic journal "Open Letter". McCaffery's collection of critical writings, "North of Intention", stands as one of the earliest and best collections of essays about experimental writing in Canada and the U.S., and it demonstrates and explores McCaffery's own affiliation with the practitioners of the so-called Language Poetry and poetics, often considered a uniquely American phenomenon. McCaffery recently completed his PhD at SUNY Buffalo and is now teaching at York University.

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