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The senses of nonsense, by Alison Rieke

Label
The senses of nonsense
Title
The senses of nonsense
Statement of responsibility
by Alison Rieke
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Joyce, Stein, Stevens, and Zukofsky might easily be considered the most intractable and obscure of our Modernist writers; they are widely recognized (if not widely lauded) for their startling disruptions of grammar, syntax, semantic coherence - in short, all the conventional sense-making functions of language. In this absorbing, perceptive study Alison Rieke addresses the problem of defining and characterizing the experimental uses of language that emerge out of this shared tradition of literary nonsense and enigmatic writing." "Here the difficult linguistic ventures of the four are examined, compared, and contrasted, from Joyce's daring monument to comic nonsense, Finnegans Wake, and Stein's secretive autobiography, Stanzas in Meditation, to Stevens' enigmatic poems in quest of the "supreme fiction" and Zukofsky's radically experimental long poem, "A." Rieke shows how "nonsense" usefully accounts for the various disruptions upon which many of their most impenetrable writings depend and how each author's motives of disruption are bound up with motives of secrecy, how each hides sense in riddle and enigma, wordplay, and verbal sleight of hand. Throughout, Rieke offers detailed treatment of each individual author, making clear distinctions among them through close textual analysis." "Ultimately Rieke adroitly illustrates that these authors' experimental disruptions tend less toward denying the sensible than toward accepting and absorbing it as a tool advantageously manipulated, inverted, and twisted in the production of an enigmatic art. Students of Modernism, readers of Joyce, Stein, Stevens, and Zukofsky, and all those interested in wordplay and semantics will want to read this book."--Jacket
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digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rieke, Alison
Dewey number
810.9/1
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.M63
LC item number
R54 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zukofsky, Louis
  • Stevens, Wallace
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • Joyce, James
  • American literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Literature, Experimental
  • Nonsense literature
  • Joyce, James
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • Stevens, Wallace
  • Zukofsky, Louis
  • Zukofsky, Louis
  • Stevens, Wallace
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • Joyce, James
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American literature
  • Literature, Experimental
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Nonsense literature
  • Technique
  • Experimentele fictie
  • Experimentelle Literatur
  • Sprache
Label
The senses of nonsense, by Alison Rieke
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-275) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Secret sense, coherent nonsense -- 2. James Joyce : double-crossing sinse [sic] -- 3. Gertrude Stein : mastering pieces -- 4. Wallace Stevens : as if in a book -- 5. Louis Zukofsky : Z-sited harmonies -- 6. Conclusion : postreintroducing
Control code
44965393
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 283 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587292040
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44965393
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The senses of nonsense, by Alison Rieke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-275) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Secret sense, coherent nonsense -- 2. James Joyce : double-crossing sinse [sic] -- 3. Gertrude Stein : mastering pieces -- 4. Wallace Stevens : as if in a book -- 5. Louis Zukofsky : Z-sited harmonies -- 6. Conclusion : postreintroducing
Control code
44965393
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 283 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587292040
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44965393
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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