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Writing Surfaces

Selected Fiction of John Riddell

derekbeaulieu, LoriEmerson, JohnRiddell

Publication Year: 2013

John Riddell is best known for “H” and “Pope Leo, El ELoPE,” a pair of graphic fictions written in collaboration with, or dedicated to, bpNichol, but his work moves well beyond comic strips into a series of radical fictions. In Writing Surfaces, derek beaulieu and Lori Emerson present “Pope Leo, El ELoPE” and many other works in a collection that showcases Riddell’s remarkable mix of largely typewriter-based concrete poetry mixed with fiction and drawings.

Riddell’s work embraces game play, unreadability and illegibility, procedural work, non-representational narrative, photocopy degeneration, collage, handwritten texts, and gestural work. His self-aware and meta-textual short fiction challenges the limits of machine-based composition and his reception as a media-based poet.

Riddell’s oeuvre fell out of popular attention, but it has recently garnered interest among poets and critics engaged in media studies (especially studies of the typewriter) and experimental writing. As media studies increasingly turns to “media archaeology” and the reading and study of antiquated, analogue-based modes of composition (typified by the photocopier and the fax machine as well as the typewriter), Riddell is a perfect candidate for renewed appreciation and study by new generations of readers, authors, and scholars.

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Media Studies and Writing Surfaces

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pp. 1-4

Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell brings an overview of the work of John Riddell to a twenty-first-century audience, an audience that will see this volume as a radical, literary manifestation of media archaeology. This is, in the words of the promotional material of Riddell’s 1977 Criss-cross: a Text Book of Modern Composition, ...

Untitled

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pp. 5-12

Pope Leo, El ELoPE: A Tragedy in Four Letters

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pp. 13-18

Criss-Cross

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pp. 19-30

morox

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pp. 31-36

à deux

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pp. 37-48

5 ways

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pp. 49-58

placid / special

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pp. 59-66

letters

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pp. 67-74

we

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pp. 75-84

surveys

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pp. 85-90

runes

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pp. 91-96

a shredded text

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pp. 97-102

in take

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pp. 103-108

watching

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pp. 109-114

coda

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pp. 115-120

untitled

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pp. 121-126

Traces

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pp. 127-148

from Glass

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pp. 149-154

Selected Works of John Riddell

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pp. 155-156

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Acknowledgements

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pp. 157-164

Lori Emerson and derek beaulieu would like to thank the following people for their support during the creation of Writing Surfaces: Nelson Ball, Christian Bök, jwcurry, Kit Dobson, Paul Dutton, Charlie Huisken, Marvin Sackner, Steven Ross Smith, Richard Truhlar, Darren Wershler, and Eric Zboya. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781554588527
E-ISBN-10: 1554588529
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554588282

Page Count: 164
Publication Year: 2013

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