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Communism and Poetry

Writing Against Capital

  • Ruth Jennison
  • Julian Murphet
  • Addresses the developments over the last decade in the field of political poetics

  • Speaks to the increasing body of literature, debates, and scholarly research on the intersections between poetry and communism

  • Considers the political, cultural, and public rise of communist thinking across the globe


Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ruth Jennison, Julian Murphet
    Pages 1-20
  3. Joshua Clover, Chris Nealon
    Pages 21-35
  4. Andrea Brady
    Pages 131-159
  5. Keston Sutherland
    Pages 231-262
  6. Justin Clemens
    Pages 263-267
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-284

About this book


Communism and Poetry: Writing Against Capital addresses the relationship between an upsurge in collective political practice around the world since 2000, and the crystallization of newly engaged forms of poetry. Considering an array of perspectives—poets, poet-critics, activists and theorists—these essays shed new light on the active interface between emancipatory political thought and poetic production and explore how poetry and the new communism are creating mutually innovative forms of thought and activity, supercharging the utopian imagination. Drawing inspiration from past connections between communism and poetry, and theorizing new directions over the years ahead, the volume models a much-needed critical solidarity with creative strategies in the present conjuncture to activate movements of resistance, on the streets and in verse.


Alain Badiou literature and revolution poetry and communism poetry and capitalism realism and poetry Marxism poetry and politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Jennison
    • 1
  • Julian Murphet
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

About the editors

Ruth Jennison is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.  She is the author of The Zukofsky Era: Modernity, Margins, and The Avant-Garde (2012) and articles and book chapters on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American  poetics, Marxism and the political economies of literary form.  

Julian Murphet is Scientia Professor of English and Film Studies at UNSW Sydney, Australia, where he directs study in English, Creative Writing and Film. He is the author of Literature and Race in Los Angeles (2001), Multimedia Modernism (2009), Faulkner’s Media Romance (2017) and Todd Solondz(2019).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Communism and Poetry
  • Book Subtitle Writing Against Capital
  • Editors Ruth Jennison
    Julian Murphet
  • Series Title Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-17155-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-17158-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-17156-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 284
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Poetry and Poetics
    Literary History
    Contemporary Literature
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“A multi-national group of critics investigates and propels discussions of politics and poetry, rearticulating its critical errancy and radical histories, up to the immediate present with its intertwining of poetic realism, resistance and utopian urgencies. Controversies, critiques, insistences, and projections center this scintillating anthology that analyze poetry, in its socio-political, economic and ethical links with both capitalisms, communisms, insurgencies, and emancipations all in a striking and passionately interpretive ‘history of the present.” (Rachel Blau DuPlessis, poet, scholar, and professor emerita at Temple University, USA)

“Now, more than ever, it is necessary that we take seriously the connection between poetry and communism, which is to say, the connection between the living breath and the unending criticism of everything that exists. By taking a broad, dynamic swipe from the contemporary landscape, Communism and Poetics: Writing Against Capital answers this urgent call. It should be heard as far and wide as the name of Marx himself.” (Anne Boyer, poet, scholar, and professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, USA)