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Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century Paperback – April 15, 2012


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226660621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226660622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Unoriginal Genius" showcases, yet again, why Marjorie Perloff is the most respected expositor for the avant-garde in poetry. She demonstrates why lauded, modern poets (many of whom have questioned the values of both ''the original'' and ''the creative'') might prefer instead to ''cheat'' on their assignments by handing in poems that steal words and remix lines, verbatim, from the databases of the "deja dit". I recommend that every genius read this omnibus--then copy its poetics."--Christian Bok, author of "Eunoia"--Christian Bok

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Marjorie Perloff is professor of English emerita at Stanford University and the author or editor of many books, including Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary and The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound, both published by the University of Chicago Press.


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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Carmody on December 6, 2010
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Perloff provides a comprehensive and comprehensible survey of appropriation, citation and quotation as literary practices. Though some of her inclusions seem more intuitive than required, Unoriginal Genius is a much-needed frame for a very important contemporary literary conversation.
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There are few critics writing in the USA today like Marjorie Perloff. She dares to address the complex, the confusing, the amazingly edgy and the necessary but often left on the side. Here, this collection of writings on the writings of "the new century", this epoch of "writing in an environment of hyperinformation" has sparked many debates and disagreements and in so doing has proved its necessity and place in the current discourse about reusing giving materials in literature, hypertextuality and conceptual writing. It has enough in it to nourish her readers for years as they tackle the tough works out there that Perloff is discussing--those of Walter Benjamin, Susan Howe or Charles Bernstein, for example--Perloff is here providing ways and tools to reflect on these authors or movements such as the legacy of the Brazilian concrete poets, helping scholars, authors, philosophers and historians read and understand or place the writings she is studying in the grand literary and artistic arcs of the past and of the ongoing century. Well crafted, sharp, Perloff's essays invite one to respond in kind, to think back, to read and reread the works she has looked at along with this book. This is a collection well worth spending your time with!
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Marjorie Perloff is a wonderful writer, absolutely clued in to what's happening in poetry.

Is the constraint
of unoriginal citation
too strained
for poetry?
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