Monday, 4 December 2000

From a draft review

By Nick LoLordo.

Ashton’s readings of Stein and (Riding) Jackson are powerful and persuasive as literary criticism; but she intends these readings to have consequences with respect to contemporary poetry and poetics: they ground an an argument that challenges the enabling myths of current practitioners. A strongly implied claim of her book, then, is that communities write bad literary history. And Ashton’s literary-historical quarrel with a particular community is based on an attack on the theoretical commitments of that community. To what extent will some version of innovative poetry’s formal commitments be found necessary to any strongly community-oriented poetics?

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