Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities
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Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities

"With thick description and deeply personal and political prose, Johnson's Killing Poetry provides a rich opportunity for us to explore a world of competitive art-making hidden to most. Killing Poetry's dynamic attention to the specific racial, gendered, sexual, and geographic valences in the spoken word community, means that it is unrelenting in its practice of 'deep listening' and complex thinking. Javon Johnson transfers his truly...

Blackbird Song (Oskana Poetry & Poetics)
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Blackbird Song (Oskana Poetry & Poetics)

"What meditative power there is in Blackbird Song, what pure acts of attention and remembrance. Randy Lundy's poems bring forward the spirit of his Cree ancestry, and place our species humbly among the creatures of Earth--who are all observed with deep reverence and perceptive care.... We should be grateful to Randy Lundy for bringing his wise, wry, visionary, large-hearted meditations into language, and for demonstrating to his read...

Gaelic Poetry in the Eighteenth Century
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Gaelic poetry in the eighteenth century: A bilingual anthology

Being interested in Gaelic literature, and wanting particularly to find out about eighteenth century poetry in the language, I felt that here was a book that would feature a wide variety of Gaelic poets and their poems. A marvellous opportunity to increase my knowledge of Gaelic poetry of the eighteenth century and of the tongue itself. My Gaelic isn't brilliant at the moment and I don't have a very wide knowledge of the literature b...

The Literariness of Media Art by Claudia Benthien, Jordis Lau, et al.
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The Literariness of Media Art

The beginning of the 20th century saw literary scholars from Russia positing a new definition for the nature of literature. Within the framework of Russian Formalism, the term ‘literariness’ was coined. The driving force behind this theoretical inquiry was the desire to identify literature—and art in general—as a way of revitalizing human perception, which had been numbed by the automatization of everyday life. The transformative pow...

Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens: Narratives of Religious Experiences in Aristophanes' Wealth
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Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens

A detailed study of how Aristophanes manipulates traditional narratives of important religious experiences (oracles, healings, epiphanies) to engage with the religious discourse of his time, with a particular focus on the comedy Wealth. This book opens up a new perspective on Aristophanic drama and its relationship to Greek religion.

Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales
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Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales

This book explores the interpretative consequences of the ancient and modern treatment of Ennius' fragmentary but hugely influential epic, the Annales. It argues that its manifest impact on the collective Roman psyche results from its innovative promotion of a vision of Rome as the primary focus of the cosmos in all its aspects.

Paul Celan : The Romanian Dimension
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Paul Celan : The Romanian Dimension

Now accessible to an English-speaking readership thanks to Emanuela Tegla’s polished translation, Petre Solomon’s important and thought-provoking study, with its exploration in particular of the hitherto little researched Romanian dimension post-1945, places challenging emphasis on the significance of historical and autobiographical context as key to a proper understanding of Celan's work even where it may seem bafflingly hermetic. (...

The fictions of Arthur Cravan: Poetry, boxing and revolution
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The fictions of Arthur Cravan: Poetry, boxing and revolution

The legendary poet and boxer Arthur Cravan, a fleeting figure on the periphery of early twentieth-century European avant-gardism, is frequently invoked as proto-Dada and Surrealist exemplar. Yet he remains an insubstantial phenomenon, not seen since 1918, lost through historical interstices, clouded in drifting untruths. This study processes philosophical positions into a practical recovery – from nineteenth-century Nietzsche to twen...

The Day of Shelly's Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief
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The Day of Shelly's Death

"A sophisticated meditation on memory. It’s a meditation that takes for granted the potential of alternative modes of inquiry to investigate the past (modes that square, I should note, with his ethnographic research). . . . Rosaldo laboriously retraces the ground of his research. The same characters we meet in his academic publications reappear, as he skillfully interweaves the narratives of his subjects—mostly Ilongot peoples, media...