Poetic Epistemologies: Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing

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SUNY Press, Feb 3, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
Poetic Epistemologies explores the political and epistemological implications of women's language-oriented writing in the United States, arguing that, in its investigation of knowledge, language, and gender, this writing (re)unites art with philosophy, and both with social critique. Featuring eight contemporary and four earlier-twentieth-century poets--including Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Leslie Scalapino, Mina Loy, and Gertrude Stein--Simpson emphasizes each writer's unique contribution to the emerging tradition of feminist epistemological poetry. Drawing upon original interviews, as well as poststructuralist and feminist theory, Poetic Epistemologies offers an informed account of one of the most vital recent developments in contemporary American poetry.
 

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Contents

LanguageOriented Feminist Epistemology and the Case of Lyn Hejinian
1
LanguageOriented Feminist Epistemology
7
Lyn Hejinians Faustienne Poetics
11
Come words away Modernist Womens Invitations to Innovation
31
Laura Ridings Lifelong Project with Language
34
Inside Language as Language with Gertrude Stein
40
Mina Loys Deconstruction of Femininity
49
Realism and Indeterminacy for HD
59
Leslie Scalapino
123
Meimei Berssenbrugge
134
Carla Harryman
145
Cries open to the words inside them Textual Truth and Historical Materialism in the Poetry of Susan Howe
163
Recovering the Feminine
168
Intertextuality and the Material Word
180
The Visible surface of Discourse
187
A Poetics of Encounter
193

Subjects of Knowledge Processing Gender and Sexuality
79
Beverly Dahlen
83
Lori Lubeski
93
Laura Moriarty
108
Feminist Phenomenologies Language as the Horizon of Encounter
121
Notes
197
Works Cited
207
Index
217
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Megan Simpson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

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