Blue Studios

Blue Studios

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Feminist issues in avant garde poetry. In her now-classic The Pink Guitar, Rachel Blau DuPlessis examined a number of modern and contemporary poets and artists to explore the possibility of finding a language that would question deeply held assumptions about gender. In the 12 essays and introduction that constitute Blue Studios, DuPlessis continues that task, examining the work of experimental poets and the innovative forms they have fashioned to challenge commonplace assumptions about gender and cultural authority. The essays in a€œAttitudes and Practicesa€ deal with two questions: what a feminist reading of cultural texts involves, and the nature of the essay itself as a mode of knowing: how poetry can be discursive and how the essay can be poetic. The goal of a€œMarble Paper, a€ with its studies of William Wordsworth, Ezra Pound, and Charles Olson is to suggest terms for a a€œfeminist history of poetry.a€ a€œPerspectives must be fashioned that displace and estrange the world, a€ Theodore Adorno wrote, and in the section qUrrealismq DuPlessis examines the work of poets from several schools (the Objectivists, the New York School, the surrealists) whose work embodies that displacement, among them George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, H.D., and Barbara Guest. These writersa€™ radical deployment of line, sound, and structure, DuPlessis argues, demonstrate poetrya€™s power not as a purely literary, artistic, or aesthetic force but as a rhetorical form intricately tied to issues of power and ethics. And in qMigrated Into, a€ the author probes the ways these issues have informed her, as a poet and a critic; how the political has a€œmigrated intoa€ and suffused her own work; and how the practice of poetry can be an arousal to a deeper understanding of what we stand for.My turn to the essay form, an eccentric detour and divagation if ever there was one, allowed me to Acnd a thesis for my ... criticism is poetic work, and if these do not come as a necessitya€”a personal and cultural ne- cessitya€”what good are they?

Title:Blue Studios
Author: Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Publisher:University of Alabama Press - 2006-09-03

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