Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing by Nathaniel MackeyDiscrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing by Nathaniel Mackey

Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing

byNathaniel Mackey

Paperback | April 30, 2009

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Discrepant Engagement addresses work by a number of authors not normally grouped under a common rubric--black writers from the United States and the Caribbean and the so-called Black Mountain poets. Nathaniel Mackey examines the ways in which the experimental aspects of their work advance a critique of the assumptions underlying conventional perceptions and practice. Arguing that the work of these writers engages the discrepancy between presumed norms and qualities of experience such norms fail to accommodate, Mackey highlights their valorization of dissonance, divergence and formal disruption. He advances a cross-cultural mix that is uncommon in studies of experimental writing, frequently bringing the works and ideas of the authors it addresses into dialogue and juxtaposition with one another, insisting that parallels, counterpoint and relevance to one another exist among writers otherwise separated by ethnic and regional boundaries.
Title:Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: and all the birds sing bass; 2. The changing same: black music in the Poetry of Amiri Baraka; 2. To define an ultimate dimness: the poetry of Clarence Major; 4. The world-poem in microcosm: Robert Duncans 'The Continent'; 5. Uroboro's: Robert Duncan's Dante and A Seventeenth Century Suite; 6. Robert Creeley's The Gold Diggers: Projective prose; 7. That words can be on the page: the graphic aspect of Charles Olson's poetics; 8. New series 1 (Folk series): Edward Kamau Brathwaite's New World Trilogy; 9. Limbo, dislocation, phantom limb: Wilson Harris and the Caribbean occasion; 10. Poseidon (Dub version); 11. The unruly pivot: Wilson Harris's The Eye of the Scarecrow; 12. The Imagination of Justice: Wilson Harris's Ascent to Omai; 13. Sound and sentiment, sound and symbol; 14. On edge; 15. Other: from noun to verb; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...an exciting collection of essays that promote what Cornel West calls 'dedeisciplinizing modes of knowing.'" Michael Coyle, American Literature