“What may the dictionary insist?”: Archiving _Pillage Laud_

“Clear speech be damned, it’s part of the logos of The Same that shuts us out, us women” – Erin Mouré Continuing my work in the feminist avant-garde, and in my last section on feminist poetics, I would like to turn to the work of Canadian poet Erin Mouré, whose poetry, much like that ofContinue reading ““What may the dictionary insist?”: Archiving _Pillage Laud_”

Language VOL II: _Eikon Basilike_ and the Lyric Subject

For my final plateau, I would like to revisit Eikon Basilike’s relationship to subjectivity, having now made it through the six plateaus of this section. I realize at this point that my earliest observations about Howe’s complex relationship to subjectivity ignore one important element of this text: that it patently refuses to withdraw its subjectivity,Continue reading “Language VOL II: _Eikon Basilike_ and the Lyric Subject”

The Immateriality of the Common in _Eikon Basilike_

As I have asserted throughout my project, any discussion of the role of the reader in a text is first and foremost a discussion of the role of the author and how s/he must be destabilized in order to leave from for a readership. And, I have shown that this discussion has clear roots inContinue reading “The Immateriality of the Common in _Eikon Basilike_”

BEholding Mimesis: _Eikon Basilike_ as Concrete

As my gesture towards Cixous at the close of my last plateau suggests, I am also particularly concerned with embodiment in Eikon Basilike. Issues of materiality and embodiment in this work have by no means been critically ignored; it would seem that nearly every critical study of it over the last decade or so hasContinue reading “BEholding Mimesis: _Eikon Basilike_ as Concrete”

Hauntological Spectres in _Eikon Basilike_

As the end of my last plateau suggests, I am particularly interested in the persistent images of ghosts, specters, and hauntings throughout Susan Howe’s work, and in Eikon Basilike in particular. Reading through the criticism surrounding Howe, it would seem that I am not alone. Kathleen Crown, for example, says Howe’s authorship functions as thoughContinue reading “Hauntological Spectres in _Eikon Basilike_”