Week 5: Sept 24:
will read on campus on Sunday, September 23
Core Reading: Interviews & Secondary:
Harryette Mullen gives a great interview, speaking eloquently about her life, her work, language, poetry, code-switching, and tradition. All her interviews are looooo..ng. The Bedient interview (photocopied) deals in the most detail with Muse & Drudge, but the others contain a lot of good, wide-ranging discussion.
Read all of these:
Mysterioso Blues: An Interview with Calvin Bedient re: Muse & Drudge
Poetry & the Public Sphere (PPS): A large & extremely high quality set of papers on subjects as various as experimental feminist poetics, Irish women poets, Black British poets, & Susan Howe's treatment of Shakespeare. Contributors include Amiri Baraka, Bob Perelman, charles Altieri, Elizabeth Frost, Amitavar Kumar, & our own Zofia Burr. Read: “A Poetics of Opposition?: Race and the Avant-Garde.” -- Kate Pearcy's excellent (and short!) discussion of Mullen’s challenge to the assumed opposition between L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and poetry of the voice.
Additional Sources: Web:
Interview w/ Barbara Hemming: St. Marks Poetry Project
Elizabeth Frost: Signifyin(g) on Stein: The Revisionist Poetics of Harryette Mullen and Leslie Scalapino. This excellent essay (from Postmodern Culture)on i argues that Mullen (like Scalapino) uses a fundamentally Steinien language to engage with social issues Stein herself avoided. Her work thus merges public speech and “private” experience in a new poetics that renders identity and the erotic as not only linguistically but socially constructed.
Elizabeth Frost: Experimental Feminist Poetics and the Rhetoric of Public
Mike Jackman: “Harryette Mullen's écriture féminine.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Februrary 26-28, 1998, University of Louisville.
Harryette Mullen. “Not Struck Dumb but Logodaedalyly Phonofounded: The Vernacular Heteroglossaries of Fran Ross's OREO.” However 1:2 (1999) Note: though it’s Rutgers, this is NOT the PPS site. This paper’s opening remarks includes a list of Black Women avant-garde writers & poets.