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poetry and pedagogy

May 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Ron Silliman included a link to a Barbara K. Fischer review of Poetry and Pedagogy, edited by Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr, the other day. Haven’t read the collection of essays yet, but it’s clearly a must as I’ve been slowly plowing the same fields, inspired by the same notions suggested here the last couple years. From the publisher’s description:

The largest challenge facing Liberal Arts and Sciences today is how to deal with the rapidly changing and increasingly complex world that all the phenomena under the label globalization have created. This world is ‘multi’- many things: cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial, etc. Over the last few decades, on a daily basis, some ‘we’ or another has found itself face to face with not the other but with many others, with not one language practice, but many. Educating for this world is the most pressing challenge we face. The raison d’etre for Poetry and Pedagogy is the belief that poetry is the linguistic laboratory of the times in which one lives. It is the genre in which our habitual language practices are daily stretched, challenged and reconfigured. The collection gathers together the work of a number of scholars, poets, and teachers on the challenges and productive possibilities that arise when teaching contemporary writing.

Also published by Palgrave-Macmillan, Tim Woods’s Poetics of the Limit (now listed as out of stock), an invaluable reading of the ethical turn in Zukofsky’s writing, helping me to theorize a poetics for autonomous learning and teaching.

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