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Tools and Operations

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

Abstract

After reconsidering Claude Lévi-Strauss’ conceptual distinction between the ‘engineer’ and the ‘bricoleur’, this chapter shows how the poets under discussion go beyond the Oulipian enterprise by substituting tools for formal constraints. The chapter demonstrates that the ‘toolbox’ constitutes a fruitful alternative to the traditional ars poetica or the avant-garde manifesto. Techniques of reappropriation, repurposing and decontextualization not only enable these poets to offer an oblique discourse on the poetic subject, but also allow a shift from the document to aesthetics.

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

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