Poetics In A New Key: Interviews And Essays

Paperback | October 29, 2014

byMarjorie PerloffEditorDavid Jonathan Y. Bayot

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Marjorie Perloff writes in her preface to Poetics in a New Key that when she learned David Jonathan Y. Bayot wanted to publish a collection of her interviews and essays, she was “at once honored and mystified.”  But to Perloff’s surprise and her readers’ delight, the resulting assembly not only presents an accessible and provocative introduction to Perloff’s critical thought, but also highlights the wide range of her interests, and the energetic reassessments and new takes that have marked her academic career. 

The fourteen interviews in Poetics in a New Key—conducted by scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland, including Charles Bernstein, Hélène Aji, and Peter Nicholls—cover a broad spectrum of topics in the study of poetry: its nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relationship to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. Also featured in the collection are three pieces by Perloff herself: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on twenty-first-century intellectuals. But across all the interviews and essays, Perloff’s distinctive personality and approach to reading and talking resound, making this new collection an inspiring resource for scholars both of poetry and writing.

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Marjorie Perloff writes in her preface to Poetics in a New Key that when she learned David Jonathan Y. Bayot wanted to publish a collection of her interviews and essays, she was “at once honored and mystified.”  But to Perloff’s surprise and her readers’ delight, the resulting assembly not only presents an accessible and provocative in...

Marjorie Perloff is professor of English emerita at Stanford University and the author or editor of many books, including, most recently, Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century, also published by the University of Chicago Press. David Jonathan Y. Bayot is associate professor of literature at De La Salle University-...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022619941X

ISBN - 13:9780226199412

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
                Marjorie Perloff
 
Part I: The Critic
1              Becoming a Critic: An Academic Memoir
2              A Critic of the Other Tradition
                Interview with Hélène Aji and Antoine Cazé
3              Marjorie Perloff On & Off the Page of Poetry
                Interview with Kristine Samson and Nikolaj Rønhede
 
Part II: A Poetics
4              The Alter(ed) Ground of Poetry and Pedagogy
                Conversation with Charles Bernstein
5              Mapping the New
                Interview with Rain Taxi Review of Books
6              Modernism / Postmodernism? Will the Real Avant-garde Please Stand Up!
                Interview with Jeffrey Side
7              (Un)Framing the other Tradition: On Ashbery and Others
                Interview with Grzegorz Jankowicz
8              Robert Lowell, Now and Then
                Conversation with David Wojahn
9              Futurism and Schism: Close Listening with Marjorie Perloff
                Interview with Charles Bernstein
10           The Challenge of Language
                Interview with Enrique Mallen
11           Conceptual Writing: A Modernist Issue
                Interview with Peter Nicholls
12           Still Making It New: Marjorie Perloff in Manifesto Mode
                Interview with Ellef Prestsæter
 
Part III: To Praxis
13           What is Poetry?
                Interview with Fulcrum
14           On Evaluation in Poetry
                Dialogue with Robert von Hallberg
15           Teaching Poetry in Translation: The Case for Bilingualism
16           The Internet Moment in the Life of Publishing
                Interview with Front Porch Magazine
17           The Intellectual in the 21st Century
 
Afterword
                David Jonathan Y. Bayot
Interviewers
Index of Names

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“Perloff is a superlative speaker and conversationalist; her off-the-cuff comments are powerfully insightful and energizing, and she is superb in a roundtable setting, where she can respond dynamically to others’ ideas and arguments. Poetics in a New Key will finally give a wider audience access to Perloff as a thinker and critic who excels in these more casual and spontaneous settings. Its interviews make for absorbing, even compulsive reading.”