• Ruth Jennison
  • Julian Murphet
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


Here, the editors explore the longitudinal history of the many interconnections between poetry and communism since Plato, with particular attention to the twentieth century, before turning to a conjunctural analysis of the current revival of communism as a project and its various connections to contemporary poetry. Arguing that the present conjuncture is defined by an acutely “evental” disposition of anti-capitalist practice, a utopian mapping of post-capitalist social space, and a movement of poetry away from the classroom and into the streets, Jennison and Murphet ask what kinds of poetry, and what kinds of theory, seem best suited to the emergence of new styles of political agency and solidarity in the ongoing crisis of senile capitalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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