Title: Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984
Publisher: Sun & Moon Pr, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
First Edition, cloth, 465 pp., intermittent check marks and underlining, otherwise very good copy, tight binding, dust jacket included. Bookseller Inventory # 023425
Synopsis: This collection of essays is an introduction to contemporary American poetics. The book addresses a wide range of arts and ideas, moving from philosophical reflections on Wittgenstein, to the film antics of Mad Max, from the paintings of Arakawa to the poetics of William Carlos Williams.
From the Back Cover:
Content's Dream: Essays, 1975-1984 is the celebrated introduction to language poetry by one of its leading practitioners, Charles Bernstein. First published in 1986, and now a classic study of the poetry and poetics of late-twentieth-century America, this collection of essays conducts us with wit, intelligence, and consummate style through the elaborate relations between language and culture. Bernstein considers verbal, pictorial, and filmic language to understand why writing is never the unmediated expression of personal feeling but always charged with latent meaning.
Addressing a wide range of arts, Bernstein's essays move gracefully from discussions of Mad Max, Stan Brakhage, and Arakawa, to William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukovsky and Jackson Mac Low. Rather than propose grand theories, Bernstein synthesizes the many sets of ideas that are necessary for a practical understanding of contemporary culture. Reading a variety of texts and expanding on his own thinking and method, Bernstein provides a brilliant introduction not only to language writing but to all avant-garde literary ambitions of the last two decades of the century.
At once irreverent and deeply serious, as indebted to Groucho Marx as it is to Stanley Cavell, Content's Dream stakes out a clear cultural and aesthetic position for one extraordinary poet, for language poetry, and for our time.
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