Ethnopoetics and the performativity of place: Jerome Rothenberg and "That Dada Strain"

WRIGHTON, JOHN (2013) Ethnopoetics and the performativity of place: Jerome Rothenberg and "That Dada Strain" In: Davidson, Ian and Skoulding, Zoe, eds. Placing Poetry. Spatial Practices . Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 257-280. ISBN 9789042036147

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Abstract

This chapter proposes that Jerome Rothenberg’s work as editor of several influential anthologies – from Technicians of the Sacred (1967) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1972) to Poems for the Millennium (1995) – develops a protean definition of poesis as a direct challenge to cultural imperialism. In contradistinction to the categorizing of schools and movements (Black Mountain, Beat, New York, Language etc.), I examine how Rothenberg adopted a dialectical or processual anthropology in creating anthologies that share a generative quality, inviting the reader to actively participate in an interrogation of the what, how, who, when and if/was/is of ethnopoetics. Performing a series of ethnopoetic readings, I describe the insistently processual dynamic of welcoming the other which looks to secure an ethical responsibility in the performance of place.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poetry; Jerome Rothenberg; Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven
Subjects: Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects
Faculties: Faculty of Arts
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 11:46
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 12:02
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/8603

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