Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women

April 22, 2005|
Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women by Méira Cook
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Is it possible to capture something as ephemeral as love with mere words? Meira Cook draws on Lacan, Derrida, Barthes, and Kristeva to wrestle with the theoretical problems of representing the unrepresentable. In Writing Lovers she searches for a language adequate to articulating the discourse of passion, desire, and longing in the love poetry of Dionne Brand, Elizabeth Smart, Daphne Marlatt, Dorothy Livesay, Kristjana Gunnars, and Nicole Markotic. In writings by the French post-structuralists, rhetorical tropes such as speechlessness, fragmentation, and deflection testify to the writer's difficulty in broaching the subject of love. Similarly, Cook shows that love poetry proceeds out of a profound failure of language resulting from the opacity of discourse, its lack of neutrality, or the fugitive transparency of reference. Writing Lovers also explores race, ethnicity, age, and sexual identity within the context of the passionate excesses of amatory discourse.
Méira Cook, a widely published poet and scholar, is the author of Text into Flesh: A Lacanian Reading of the Short Stories of I.B. Singer. She lives in Winnipeg.
Title:Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.1 X 5.9 X 1.1 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.1 X 5.9 X 1.1 in
Published:April 22, 2005
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780773527973

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