Anarchists in the Academy (Paperback)

Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry

By Dani Spinosa

University of Alberta Press, 9781772123760, 296pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

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Dani Spinosa takes up anarchism's power as a cultural and artistic ideology, rather than as a political philosophy, with a persistent emphasis on the common. She demonstrates how postanarchism offers a useful theoretical context for poetry that is not explicitly political--specifically for the contemporary experimental poem with its characteristic challenges to subjectivity, representation, authorial power, and conventional constructions of the reader-text relationship. Her case studies of sixteen texts make a bold move toward politicizing readers and imbuing literary theory with an activist praxis--a sharp hope. This is a provocative volume for those interested in contemporary poetics, experimental literatures, and the digital humanities. Case Studies Jim Andrews Christian B?k Mez Breeze John Cage Andy Campbell Robert Duncan Kenneth Goldsmith Susan Howe Jackson Mac Low Er?n Moure Erin Mour?] Harryette Mullen bpNichol Vanessa Place Juliana Spahr Brian Kim Stefans W. Mark Sutherland Darren Wershler.

About the Author

Dani Spinosa holds a PhD in English language and literature from York University. She teaches literature in Toronto and can be found online at