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The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults
by Joyelle McSweeney
University of Michigan Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-472-12074-1 | Cloth: 978-0-472-07241-5 | Paper: 978-0-472-05241-7
Library of Congress Classification PN1072.M38 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, poet Joyelle McSweeney presents an ecopoetics and a theory of Art that reflect such biological principles as degradation, proliferation, contamination, and decay. In these ambitious, bustling essays, McSweeney resituates poetry as a medium amid media; hosts “strange meetings” of authors, texts, and artworks across the boundaries of genre, period, and nation; and examines such epiphenomena as translation, anachronism, and violence. Through readings of artists as diverse as Wilfred Owen, Andy Warhol, Harryette Mullen, Roberto Bolaño, Aimé Césaire, and Georges Bataille, The Necropastoral shows by what strategies Art persists amid lethal conditions as a spectacular, uncanny force.
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