University of Cambridge Contemporary Research Group

Month: October 2015 (Page 2 of 2)

The ‘beleaguered position’ of Kenneth Goldsmith


2009_PSU_Goldsmith_960‘To appreciate the beleaguered position that Kenneth Goldsmith finds himself in, you have to know that in 1997 or 1998 three avant-garde poets, one of them Goldsmith, drinking in a basement bar in Buffalo during a blizzard, decided to start a revolutionary poetry movement, one that went on to endorse “uncreative writing,” a phrase and a field that Goldsmith invented.’  Read the New Yorker‘s recent profile.

And Brian Kim Stefan‘s response and this Poetry Foundation discussion.




Emigration and Caribbean Literature by Malachi McIntosh

Emigration and Caribbean Literature

Emigration and Caribbean Literature is a fresh and necessary re-engagement with the generation of writers from the Caribbean Basin who journeyed to Europe to establish their names and literary reputations between and after the two World Wars. It reads across the Anglophone and Francophone traditions to take as its focus George Lamming, Mayotte Capécia, V.S. Naipaul, Aimé Césaire, Samuel Selvon, and Édouard Glissant, focusing firmly on their shared status as emigrants and the effects of their migration on the content and composition of their first works. By applying the theories of Antonio Gramsci, Pierre Bourdieu, and Pascale Casanova to readings of these authors’ contexts and the content of their texts, Malachi McIntosh reveals how World War-era Caribbean writers were pushed to represent themselves as authentic spokesmen for their people

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