Class Notes 9/15

  • Avant-garde / experimental poetry general movements
    • avant-garde movements are in response to cultural/social/political moments [CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING]
    • Modernism: fin-de-ciclé / apocalyptic cusp of 19th/20th century sees the expansion of colonial imperialism and the consolidation of Western European culture, languages, and ideas as dominant in much of the world
      • WWI
      • Dada, Surrealism, Modernism rupture with Romanticism (representation) and universality, as well as the perceived decay of cultural institutions based on these ideals
    • Post-Modernism
      • WWII & post-war
      • the fascist aesthetics of Modernism and other conservative tendencies in the pre-war avant-gardes become more apparent; post-modernism kills the author/authoritarian mode of art
      • BAM, Beat, SI, OULIPO, Fluxus, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E
    • Contemporary:
      •  Neo-imperialism/globalization
      • Conceptual, Flarf, digital/e-lit
  • Rupture
  • Failure (of language, but also productive)
  • Formal experimentation (operational, constraint-based, collage, erasure, etc.)
  • Syntactic experimentation (fragment, repetition, grammatical estrangement, neologism, paratactical, uncertainty, improvisation, polyvocality, etc.)
  • Material experimentation (typographic, sound, performance, concrete poetry, mixed-media, visual, video, etc.)

How do we read for “dimensions of difference” (Noah) in contemporary poetry?



About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.
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