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Le monde compte rendu – Lectures de Louis Zukofsky
Abigail Lang [see all titles]
Les presses du réel Literature [see all titles]
Preface by Jacques Roubaud.

Graphic design: M/M (Paris).
French edition
15 x 21 cm (softcover)
ISBN: 978-2-84066-715-5
EAN: 9782840667155
forthcoming
 
A study of the American poet Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), key figure of modernism and founder of the “objectivist” movement.
Louis Zukofsky is the author of a canzone composed in the vocabulary of Marx's Capital, of a homophonic translation of Catullus, of a critical work on Shakespeare which aspires to do away with metaphysics and of a poem of a life entitled “A”. To make sense of this extraordinary range of formal inventions, Abigail Lang hypothesizes that the zukofskyan project is to give an account of the world, from the infinitesimal photons and quanta of “A”-9 to the infinitely great constellations of “A”-19, with photographic, homophonic or mathematical precision, in extension or in comprehension, through inventories or formulae and by experimenting with different orders: logical, chronological, alphabetical or aleatoric. Locating the zukofskyan project within that of modernism and tracking the meaning of the work in the detail of the letter, this study deciphers a work often reputed unreadable and which has been influential with a certain number of contemporary French poets.