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Techniques of Assemblage

  • Jeff Barda
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Abstract

This chapter identifies five distinct assemblage techniques (‘cut-up’, ‘pick-up’, ‘tressage’, literality and ‘redescription’) in the work of the poets under discussion. It shows how these techniques enable the creation of new movements and meanings from ready-made forms. After defining the particularities and distinctiveness of these techniques, as well as their impact on poetic form, the chapter illustrates how the manipulation of pre-existing materials permits these poets to disfigure poetic conventions in order to generate stylistic, rhythmic and semantic effects. While many of these experiments recall patterns associated with the lyric genre (such as elegy, imagery, the poetic address and voice) it shows that what defines the lyric is not the assigning of a voice to a speaker-subject, nor the imitation of the speech-act, but the discontinuity of multiple voices.

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  • Jeff Barda
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  1. 1.Murray Edwards CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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