The Matter of Language: Abstraction and Poetry

Noys, B. (2023) The Matter of Language: Abstraction and Poetry. Seagull, Chicago, IL. USA. ISBN 9781803090740

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If the twentieth century was the century in which language was at the centre of thought, the twenty-first century has, so far, been the century of matter. The Matter of Language is a critical intervention that aims to return to the relationship between language and matter to think our present moment as one dominated by abstractions that rule our lives. The abstractions of value are not to be countered by a turn to the dignity of matter beyond determination, or to the purely subversive value of language. Instead, the relationships between matter and language, particularly as expressed by poetry, offer us a critical purchase on abstraction. In a series of dated chapters, that form punctual moments of intervention, this book both rehabilitates key thinkers, like Marx, Freud and Saussure, and engages with poetic thinking on matter, in David Jones, Diane di Prima, William Blake, Leslie Kaplan, and others. It is a matter of understanding language as a site of struggle, which is intimately bound to the material, but also crucial in formulating and expressing the material and the abstractions that shape language and matter. Working between theory and poetry The Matter of Language reconceives notions of alienation and class struggle as essential modes of reading and analysis for our fractured present.

Publication Type: Books
Uncontrolled Keywords: poetry, language, thought, matter, alienation, class struggle
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 10:53

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