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Essays on the Peripheries contains essays written by translator and scholar Peter Valente over a twenty-year period, stretching from the 1990s to 2019. They are a record of literary exploration and discovery, concerned with the recovery of lost works, with those writers whose works were out of print or hard to find, and whose names were somehow not fashionable in the current discourse, but who are important nevertheless. Edouard Roditi, Barbara Barg, and Tom Savage, for example, should be better known, but their books are largely ignored. This collection of essays highlights those works on the periphery, such as Turkish poets Seyhan Erözçelik and Küçük İskender, while it also includes several essays on better-known queer authors like Pierre Guyotat and Pier Paolo Pasolini, focusing on often overlooked qualities in their work that bear looking at closely. These essays on works of literature are complemented by a number of texts on jazz, again highlighting important and interesting figures in the world of jazz and free improvisation that may have fallen through the cracks, such as the pianist Richard Twardzick and the Ganelin trio, which recorded their great experimental work Ancora da Capo in 1980, behind the Iron Curtain. Attention is also to given to more popular figures such as Stan Getz. The volume is completed with a series of essays reappraising Roman poets in the twenty-first century, offering fresh new translations and readings of authors such as Catullus and Callimachus. A collection of essays, like an anthology, is by its nature incomplete. Essays on the Peripheries is a kind of sketch, rather than a finished portrait, of the author's changing impressions on various subjects over the years.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Copyright, Title Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. I. Poets
  1. 1. Politics and the Personal: On Tom Savage’s Housing, Preservation, and Development
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. 2. I Have Heard the Turn of Fortune’s Wheel: On Edouard Roditi’s “Cassandra’s Dream”
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. 3. I Surrender to the Seraphim: On Neeli Cherkovski’s The Crow and I
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. 4. The Crisis of Subjectivity: On Robert Creeley’s Poem “Anger”
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. 5. A Brief Review of John Ashbery’s Library of America Collected Poems (1991–2000)
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. 6. On Barbara Barg’s Obeying the Chemicals
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. 7. On Murat Nemet-Nejat’s The Spiritual Life of Replicants
  2. pp. 83-86
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  1. 8. A Brief Note on Murat Nemet-Nejat’s The Peripheral Space of Photography
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. 9. Your Dark Eyes Don’t Fool Me: A Note on Stephen Jonas’s Poem, “LXVI”
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 10. Naturally We Are in Love: On James Alexander’s Eturnature
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. 11. Thoughts after Reading Michael Franco’s A Book of Measure
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. 12. Brief Notes on Thomas McEvilley
  2. pp. 111-120
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  1. 13. Robert Browning’s “Sordello” A Moral Epic for Poets
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. 14. “Permanent Invisible” On the Poetry of René Char
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. 15. Sound As Thought Notes on Clark Coolidge
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. 16. Essays on Some of the Prose Poems in Barbara Guest’s The Confetti Trees
  2. pp. 151-172
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  1. II. Pierre Guyotat
  1. 17. I Is an Other: Notes on Pierre Guyotat’s Coma
  2. pp. 173-194
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  1. III. Henry James and Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  1. 18. A Lamentation As Old As Recorded Language: On Henry James’s Selected Tales
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. 19. The Logic of Kirilov in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Devils
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. IV. Encounters with Turkish Poetry
  1. 20. On Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds by Seyhan Erözçelik
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. 21. Fragmentary Improvisations of Yearning: Küçük İskender’s “souljam”
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. 22. The Eda of Ece Ayhan’s Orthodoxies
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. 23. On Ahmet Guntan’s Romeo and Romeo
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. 24. Cultural Residue and Melancholy in the Poetry of İlhan Berk
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. V. Reviews of Some Jazz and Free Improvisation Records
  1. 25. The Schlippenbach Trio’s Pakistani Pomade
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. 26. Erzuli Maketh Scent: Thoughts on Cecil Taylor’s Music
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. 27. The Ganelin Trio’s Ancora Da Capo
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. 28. Richard Twardzik’s Trio
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. 29. Stan Getz and Arthur Blythe
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. 30. Jimmy Giuffre: A Note on the Trio with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. 31. Dave Douglas’s Strange Liberation
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. VI. Pasolini, Balestrini, Artaud
  1. 32. On Pier Paolo Pasolini
  2. pp. 277-294
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  1. 33. Funeral Rites: On Nanni Balestrini’s Blackout
  2. pp. 295-310
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  1. 34. Artaud’s Sacred Triad: A Qabalistic Analysis of a Certain Passage in a Letter to André Breton
  2. pp. 311-324
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  1. VII. Revisiting the Ancient World in the Twenty-first Century
  1. 35. This Is Not a Golden Age
  2. pp. 325-336
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  1. 36. The Epigrams of Callimachus: Exercises for the Mind and the Heart
  2. pp. 337-348
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  1. 37. The Death of a Bohemian Poet: A Brief, Fictionalized Account of Martial’s Life
  2. pp. 349-352
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  1. 38. On Ovid’s The Cures for Love
  2. pp. 353-362
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  1. 39. The Letters of Pliny the Younger: A Balance between the Public Persona and the Private Life
  2. pp. 363-374
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  1. 40. Catullus’s Circle of Friends
  2. pp. 375-382
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  1. 41. On the Letters of Apollonius of Tyana
  2. pp. 383-400
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781953035509
Related ISBN(s)
9781953035493
MARC Record
OCLC
1256540386
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-16
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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