Uncreative Writing

Author: Kenneth Goldsmith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231149913

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

View: 6369


"In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have engaged in 'uncreative writing'. Examining a wide rage of texts and techniques, including the use of Internet searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices adopted by writers and artists such as Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol. Yet, more than just a reconfiguration of texts, uncreative writing can also be suffused with emotion and offer new ways of thinking about identity, tha making of meaning, and the ethos of our time."--Publisher.

Uncreative Writing

Author: Kenneth Goldsmith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231149905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

View: 9292


Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? The Internet and the digital environment present writers with new challenges and opportunities to reconceive creativity, authorship, and their relationship to language. Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist. In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge. Examining a wide range of texts and techniques, including the use of Google searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices that date back to the early twentieth century. Writers and artists such as Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol embodied an ethos in which the construction or conception of a text was just as important as the resultant text itself. By extending this tradition into the digital realm, uncreative writing offers new ways of thinking about identity and the making of meaning.

Reading Uncreative Writing

Author: David Kaufmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319622927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 169

View: 7483


This book examines Uncreative Writing—the catch-all term to describe Neo-Conceptualism, Flarf and related avant-garde movements in contemporary North American poetry—against a decade of controversy. David Kaufman analyzes texts by Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Robert Fitterman, Ara Shirinyan, Craig Dworkin, Dan Farrell and Katie Degentesh to demonstrate that Uncreative Writing is not a revolutionary break from lyric tradition as its proponents claim. Nor is it a racist, reactionary capitulation to neo-liberalism as its detractors argue. Rather, this monograph shows that Uncreative Writing’s real innovations and weaknesses become clearest when read in the context of the very lyric that it claims to have left behind.

Kenneth Goldsmith's Recent Works on Paper

Author: Daniel Morris

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

ISBN: 1683932374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Kenneth Goldsmith's Recent Works on Paper is the first critical book devoted to Kenneth Goldsmith, the acclaimed conceptual poet, pedagogue, and provocateur. The book’s focus is on Capital, Wasting Time on the Internet, Against Translation, and Theory, all published within a year of Goldsmith's controversial reading of a poem based on the Michael Brown autopsy report at Brown University in March 2015. These four books address issues of historiography, translation, pedagogy, authorship, and celebrity culture. Each book serves a retrospective function for an author who is, mid-career, taking stock of his considerable impact on U.S. (and world) poetics at the very moment when critics are challenging the ethics of his aesthetic judgment in the wake of the controversy surrounding “The Body of Michael Brown.” The author focuses on how Goldsmith stages (and, in some cases, transforms) his metamorphic identity as a post-humanist information manager. His performance in these four books complicates the current image of him among many critics and fellow poets as one of Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” who displayed extremely poor judgment while contributing to a culture of racial insensitivity by performing “The Body of Michael Brown.”

Writing Manuals for the Masses

Author: Anneleen Masschelein,Dirk de Geest

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030536149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 412

View: 2845


This open access collection of essays examines the literary advice industry since its emergence in Anglo-American literary culture in the mid-nineteenth century within the context of the professionalization of the literary field and the continued debate on creative writing as art and craft. Often dismissed as commercial and stereotypical by authors and specialists alike, literary advice has nonetheless remained a flourishing business, embodying the unquestioned values of a literary system, but also functioning as a sign of a literary system in transition. Exploring the rise of new online amateur writing cultures in the twenty-first century, this collection of essays considers how literary advice proliferates globally, leading to new forms and genres.

The Future of Writing

Author: J. Potts

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137440406

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

View: 825


This fascinating collection draws together perspectives on the future of writing in publishing, journalism and online sites. Discussion ranges across the challenges and opportunities for writing and publishing in the context of new content platforms, formats and distribution networks, including e-books, online news and publishing, and social media.

Whose Book is it Anyway?

Author: Janis Jeffries,Sarah Kember

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 1783746513

Category: Law

Page: 460

View: 8676


Whose Book is it Anyway? is a provocative collection of essays that opens out the copyright debate to questions of open access, ethics, and creativity. It includes views – such as artist’s perspectives, writer’s perspectives, feminist, and international perspectives – that are too often marginalized or elided altogether. The diverse range of contributors take various approaches, from the scholarly and the essayistic to the graphic, to explore the future of publishing based on their experiences as publishers, artists, writers and academics. Considering issues such as intellectual property, copyright and comics, digital publishing and remixing, and what it means (not) to say one is an author, these vibrant essays urge us to view central aspects of writing and publishing in a new light. Whose Book is it Anyway? is a timely and varied collection of essays. It asks us to reconceive our understanding of publishing, copyright and open access, and it is essential reading for anyone invested in the future of publishing.

Anarchists in the Academy

Author: Dani Spinosa

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 1772123765

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

View: 1421


"Postanarchism seeks to reframe and rethink our ontological and epistemological practices within and outside the academy. Anarchists in the Academy adopts postanarchism as a productive reading strategy for contemporary literature, particularly experimental poetry. Dani Spinosa takes up anarchism's power as a cultural and artistic ideology, rather than as a political philosophy, with a persistent emphasis on the common. Her micro-case studies of sixteen texts make a bold move toward politicizing readers and imbuing literary theory with an activist praxis--a sharp hope. This is a provocative volume for those interested in contemporary poetics, experimental literatures, and the digital humanities."--

Composition, Creative Writing Studies, and the Digital Humanities

Author: Adam Koehler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147259195X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 8579


In an era of blurred generic boundaries, multimedia storytelling, and open-source culture, creative writing scholars stand poised to consider the role that technology-and the creative writer's playful engagement with technology-has occupied in the evolution of its theory and practice. Composition, Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities is the first book to bring these three fields together to open up new opportunities and directions for creative writing studies. Placing the rise of Creative Writing Studies alongside the rise of the digital humanities in Composition/Rhetoric, Adam Koehler shows that the use of new media and its attendant re-evaluation of fundamental assumptions in the field stands to guide Creative Writing Studies into a new era. Covering current developments in composition and the digital humanities, this book re-examines established assumptions about process, genre, authority/authorship and pedagogical practice in the creative writing classroom.

Contested Records

Author: Michael Leong

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609386892

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

View: 1227


Why have so many contemporary poets turned to source material, from newspapers to governmental records, as inspiration for their poetry? How can citational poems offer a means of social engagement? Contested Records analyzes how some of the most well-known twenty-first century North American poets work with fraught documents. Whether it’s the legal paperwork detailing the murder of 132 African captives, state transcriptions of the last words of death row inmates, or testimony from miners and rescue workers about a fatal mine disaster, author Michael Leong reveals that much of the power of contemporary poetry rests in its potential to select, adapt, evaluate, and extend public documentation. Examining the use of documents in the works of Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Amiri Baraka, Claudia Rankine, M. NourbeSe Philip, and others, Leong reveals how official records can evoke a wide range of emotions—from hatred to veneration, from indifference to empathy, from desire to disgust. He looks at techniques such as collage, plagiarism, re-reporting, and textual outsourcing, and evaluates some of the most loved—and reviled—contemporary North American poems. Ultimately, Leong finds that if bureaucracy and documentation have the power to police and traumatize through the exercise of state power, then so, too, can document-based poetry function as an unofficial, counterhegemonic, and popular practice that authenticates marginalized experiences at the fringes of our cultural memory.