“I don’t self-identify much”: Spahr’s Nation of Stutter

To close this section of plateaus on Response, something must be said about the theory of reading that this collection in particular, and Spahr’s poetics more generally, is differentiated from a now outdated reader response theory that has, since its inception, been absorbed and ignored by the English department and by canonical literary theory. ThisContinue reading ““I don’t self-identify much”: Spahr’s Nation of Stutter”

WTF?: Witness, Testimony, and Dumb Questions in Juliana Spahr

Lingering amongst my analyses of Juliana Spahr’s work is the concept of witness, and particularly of the notion of poetic witness which functions in Response as a key element of the text’s politics. Witness, which for Spahr is intrinsically linked to a politics of testimony, of needing to speak of real, personal experience, and toContinue reading “WTF?: Witness, Testimony, and Dumb Questions in Juliana Spahr”

Everybody’s Autonomy as “Ideological Delusion”

Concomitant with the dual paradoxes of language and selfhood, Juliana Spahr’s work has seen a longstanding interest in the notion of the common and in connectivity or collectivity. This interest in the common is necessarily linked to both notions of the self, as I have already indicated, and also in issues of language and expression,Continue reading “Everybody’s Autonomy as “Ideological Delusion””

“[my zero-level writing”: Spahr’s New Modes of Articulation

As my first plateau on Juliana Spahr argues, her literary and academic career has long been concerned with those moments when language gets fractured and altered. Her article, “The 90s,” demonstrates a view of contemporary anglophone literary movements as either supporting a traditional view of standard English and upholding its values, or else attempting toContinue reading ““[my zero-level writing”: Spahr’s New Modes of Articulation”