Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. ix

~Construction Note*

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p. xi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xv

As of this writing, literature would seem to persist in the public domain as a sacred cow, venerated or offered up for slaughter as the occasion warrants. Within academe and largely under the auspices of cultural studies, scholars have meanwhile sought to discern a broader social context for the reception and interpretation of literature. This latter effort, while laudable for having...

How to Tell the Difference between Life and Art: A Grant Proposal (Take 1)

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pp. 1-5

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Track 1. Industrial Poetics: A Chautauqua Multiplex in Fits and Starts

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pp. 7-71

Calling to mind a Rube Goldberg contraption, both anchored to the real and, within this apparently stable, if adjustive, scaffold, sustaining all manner of motion and transformation. Perhaps the Earth as it tracks around the Sun, perhaps this essay as it spins around the block, tethered by touch and willingness, around...

Track 2. Technical Ex-Communication: How a Former Professional Engineer Becomes a Former English Professor

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pp. 73-103

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Track 3. Labor, Manufacturing, Workplace, Community: Four Conclusions in Search of an Ending

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pp. 105-159

Pound’s characteristically matter-of-fact counsel, published in 1934, will, I imagine, force a knowing smile even in today’s market-weary and Pound-leery scribes. Money, it would seem, has everything and nothing to do with literary quality (whatever that is). On the one hand, to the extent that writers produce shabby work for profit or as a consequence of material...

Notes

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pp. 161-178

Bibliography

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pp. 179-200

Index

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pp. 201-206