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Powers of possibility : experimental American writing since the 1960s

Author: Alex Houen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Meaning of Contemporary Realism (1957) Georg Lukács discussed how the power struggle of the Cold War made it all the more pressing for literary writers to present 'concrete potentialities' of individual character in novel ways. Powers of Possibility explores how American experimental writers since the 1960s have set about presenting exactly that whilst engaging with specific issues of social power. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Houen
ISBN: 9780199609291 0199609292 9780198719922 0198719922
OCLC Number: 751747565
Description: viii, 282 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 'Back! back! back! central mind machine Pentagon ... ' : Allen Ginsberg and the Vietnam War --
'This black world of purest possibility' : LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka --
Writing outer space for 'potential America' : William S. Burroughs --
Novel biopolitics : Kathy Acker and Michel Foucault --
Making a person possible : Lyn Hejinian and language poetry --
Conclusion : potentialism and practical imagination.
Responsibility: Alex Houen.
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By outlining a novel concept of literary practice, 'potentialism', this book shows how opening up literary possibilities enabled writers such as Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, William S.  Read more...

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