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Mullen, Harryette Romell

Overview
Works: 80 works in 139 publications in 2 languages and 5,709 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Exhibition catalogs  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Librettist, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3563.U3954, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Harryette Romell Mullen
Sleeping with the dictionary by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Harryette Mullen's fifth poetry collection, Sleeping with the dictionary, is the abecedarian offspring of her collaboration with two of the poet's most seductive writing partners, Roget's thesaurus and the American Heritage dictionary. In her ménage à trois with these faithful companions, the poet is aware that while Roget's seems obsessed with categories and hierarchies, American Heritage, whatever its faults, was compiled with the assistance of a democratic panel that included black poets Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, as well as feminist author and editor Gloria Steinem. With its arbitrary yet determined alphabetical arrangement, its pursuit of the ludic pleasure of word games (acrostic, anagram, homophone, parody, pun), and its reflections on the politics of language and dialect, Mullen's work is serious play. A number of the poems are inspired or influenced by a technique of the international literary avant-garde group Oulipo, a dictionary game called S+7 or N+7. This method of textual transformation--which is used to compose nonsensical travesties reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"--also creates a kind of automatic poetic discourse. Mullen's parodies reconceive the African American's relation to the English language and Anglophone writing, through textual reproduction, recombining the genetic structure of texts from the Shakespearean sonnet and the fairy tale to airline safety instructions and unsolicited mail. The poet admits to being "licked all over by the English tongue," and the title of this book may remind readers that an intimate partner who also gives language lessons is called, euphemistically, a "pillow dictionary.""--Cover
Recyclopedia by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three important poetry collections brought together under one cover ... Recyclopedia shows the extraordinary development of Harryette Mullen's career in her books Trimmings, S*PeRM* *K*T, and Muse & drudge, all originally published in the 1990s and now made available again to new readers. These prose poems and lyrics bring us into collision with the language of fashion and femininity, advertising and the supermarket, the blues and traditional lyric poetry. With a new preface by the author, Recyclopedia is a major gathering of work by one of the most exciting and innovative poets writing in America today.--Back cover
Urban tumbleweed : notes from a tanka diary by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blues baby : early poems by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muse & drudge by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

S*PeRM**K*T by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prose poems of Mullen offer an antidote to the stultifying sameness of officious representations of our multiplicity. A race through the supermarket with Mullen will leave you rolling in the aisle. --A.L. Nielsen, Multicultural Review
Trimmings by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prose poems inspired by Stein's Tender Buttons and informed by current feminist and semiotic theories
Souvenirs of a shrunken world by Holly Iglesias( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking up Harryette Mullen : interviews on Sleeping with the dictionary and other works by Barbara Henning( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tree tall woman : poems by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Color : a sampling of contemporary African American writers( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previously recorded sessions of African American poets reading selections from their work
Gender and the subjugated body : readings of race, subjectivity, and difference in the construction of slave narratives by Harryette Romell Mullen( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oreo by Fran Ross( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een zwart meisje uit Philadelphia gaat op zoek naar haar joodse vader in New York
Alison Saar : artist-in-residence, spring 2003 by Alison Saar( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream of water by Kate Ingold( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freeing the soul : race, subjectivity, and difference in slave narratives by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broken glish : five prose poems by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These blossoms will be gone in a week : the Kavyayantra Press portfolio project at Naropa University( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Indelicate subjects" : African-American women's subjugated subjectivity by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cracks between what we are and what we are supposed to be : essays and interviews by Harryette Romell Mullen( Book )

5 editions published between 1753 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be forms an extended consideration not only of Harryette Mullen's own work, methods, and interests as a poet, but also of issues of central importance to African American poetry and language, women's voices, and the future of poetry"--
 
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Alternative Names
Harryette Mullen American writer

Harryette Mullen Amerikaans dichteres

Harryette Mullen amerikansk poet

Harryette Mullen escritora estadounidense

Harryette Mullen US-amerikanische Dichterin, Schriftstellerin und Literaturwissenschaftlerin

Mullen, Harryette.

Mullen, Harryette 1953-

Mullen, Harryette Romell

Romell, Harryette 1953-

Romell Mullen, Harryette 1953-

Languages
English (86)

French (2)

Covers
RecyclopediaBlues baby : early poemsMuse & drudgeS*PeRM**K*TSouvenirs of a shrunken worldLooking up Harryette Mullen : interviews on Sleeping with the dictionary and other worksOreo