Stein and the Objectification of Language


  1. Steve Halle
    Steve Halle February 23, 2010 at 9:47 am .

    PS Roland Barthes's "Death of the Author" is too reactionary and problematic. You should check out Michel Foucault's "What is an Author?" In it, he critiques Barthes's text by noting the idea of authorship is a concept that was not (and still has not been) fully explored. In other words, this character of the author's life has not been explored (or lived out),

  2. Steve Halle
    Steve Halle February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am .

    Hi Joseph,<br /><br />First of all, thank you for reading my blog. <br /><br />Second, I&#39;m interested in your term &quot;imaginality.&quot;<br /><br />Your taking to task of Stein, and me, I suppose, for explicating &quot;Poetry and Grammar&quot; assumes too much, I think, that Stein&#39;s writing, especially her poetry, is simply word salad and bereft of making meaning in &quot;traditional&

  3. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett January 24, 2010 at 4:27 am .

    Yes, the odd notion that writing just sort of materializes from the ether — maybe not quite saying that writers and readers don&#39;t exist, but that writers and readers are essentially irrelevant to the writing itself.<br /><br />Sort of like the endless memos that circulate constantly through large corporations in the modern world, essentially anonymous, the content of which is simply &quot;

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm .

    &quot;it&#39;s clear that [Pollock] chose with great care and concentration where and how much to splash and drip which colors&quot;<br /><br />The issue of intentionality is crucial to me, though the current avant-garde (post-avants? whatever <i>that</i> means) like to pretend that the author&#39;s intentions are irrelevant. This derives from one of their patron saints, Roland Bathes, who

  5. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett January 23, 2010 at 6:45 am .

    I couldn&#39;t agree more.<br /><br />My feeling about Stein is that she did some (sometimes) interesting experiments with writing, and that the best of her work manages to ask (at least implicitly) some questions about the nature of language and what words mean and how they work.<br /><br />It seems to me that the types of explorations that much &quot;language&quot; poetry (and poetry of similar

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