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From the acclaimed author of Winter (Mirror) and Rehearsal in Black, Fables of Representation is a powerful collection of essays on the state of contemporary poetry, free from the stultifying theoretical jargon of recent literary history. With its title essay, "Fables of Representation," one of the most cogent studies ever written of the New York School of poets (a group that includes the influential poet John Ashbery), this book is required reading for anyone who seeks to understand the poetry and culture of the postmodern period. Author Paul Hoover's wide-ranging subjects include African-American interdisciplinary studies; the position of poetry in the electronic age; the notion of doubleness in the work of Harryette Mullen and others; the lyricism of the New York School poets; and the role of reality in American poetry. Hoover also introduces two provocative essays sure to generate attention and discussion: "The Postmodern Era: A Final Exam" and "The New Millennium: Fifty Statements on Literature and Culture." Paul Hoover is the editor of the anthology Postmodern American Poetry and author of nine poetry collections, including Totem and Shadow: New and Selected Poems and Viridian. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among others. He is Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College, Chicago.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. The New Millenium: Fifty Statements on Literature and Culture
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Murder and Closure: On the Impression of Reality in American Poetry
  2. pp. 4-25
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  1. Pair of Figures for Eshu: Doubling of Consciousness in the Work of Kerry James Marshall and Nathaniel Mackey
  2. pp. 26-55
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  1. Stark Strangled Banjos: Linguistic Doubleness in the Work of David Hammons, Harryette Mullen, and Al Hibbler
  2. pp. 56-72
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  1. The Postmodern Era: A Final Exam
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. Fables of Representation: Poetry of the New York School
  2. pp. 76-127
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  1. Upper Limit Music (Counted Verse)
  2. pp. 128-135
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  1. The New Modernism
  2. pp. 136-144
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  1. A Score for Undetermined Moments
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. The Poet in His Skin: Remembering Paul Carroll
  2. pp. 163-171
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  1. Last Chicago Days: In Memory of Ted Berrigan
  2. pp. 172-174
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  1. Journals of Addiction
  2. pp. 175-179
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472026012
Print ISBN
9780472068562
MARC Record
OCLC
655250024
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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