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Content's dream : essays, 1975-1984
Bernstein, Charles, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
465 pages ; 21 cm.
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Originally published: Los Angels, Calif. : Sun & Moon Press, 1986.
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PS3552.E732 C64 1986C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This collection of essays is an introduction to contemporary American poetics. The book addresses a wide range of arts and ideas, moving from philosophical reflections on Wittgenstein, to the film antics of Mad Max, from the paintings of Arakawa to the poetics of William Carlos Williams.

Author Notes

Charles Bernstein is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo and cofounder of the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
1 The Secret of Syntax
Three or Four Things I Know about Himp. 13
Semblancep. 34
Stray Straws and Straw Menp. 40
A Particular Thingp. 50
Stylep. 53
The Dollar Value of Poetryp. 57
Thought's Measurep. 61
2 Film of Perception
Frames of Referencep. 89
Words and Picturesp. 114
3 Reading, Person, Philosophy
The Objects of Meaning: Reading Cavell Reading Wittgensteinp. 165
Meaning the Meaning: Arakawa's Critique of Spacep. 184
The Stadium of Explanationp. 196
On Theatricalityp. 199
G--/p. 208
Writing and Methodp. 217
4 Conspiracies
Introductionp. 239
The Academy in Peril: William Carlos Williams Meets the MLAp. 244
Jackson at Homep. 252
Maintaining Space: Clark Coolidge's Early Worksp. 259
Making Words Visible / Hannah Weinerp. 266
The Alphabet of Stridep. 271
Counting and Uncountingp. 274
Writing Against the Bodyp. 276
Robin Blaser Introductionp. 282
Hejinian's Notesp. 284
I Think I Understand Alan Daviesp. 286
With Words: An Assembling of Visual Works from New Yorkp. 289
Hearing 'Here': Robert Creeley's Poetics of Durationp. 292
Narrating Narration: The Shapes of Ron Silliman's Workp. 305
Undone Businessp. 321
The Tellingp. 340
The Conspiracy of "Us"p. 343
5 Flesh
Blood on the Cutting Room Floorp. 351
Living Tissue/Dead Ideasp. 363
6 Catechesis
An Interview with Tom Beckettp. 385
Socialist Realism or Real Socialism?p. 411
Characterizationp. 428
Acknowledgementsp. 463