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The Language of Inquiry

  • Author:Lyn Hejinian
  • Publisher:University of California Press
  • Category:Book
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  • Sales Rank:1,103,989
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
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  • Pages:391
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):1.1
  • Dimensions (in):5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3
  • Publication Date:November 6, 2000
  • ISBN:0520217004
  • EAN:9780520217003
  • ASIN:0520217004
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Synopsis
Lyn Hejinian is among the most prominent of contemporary American poets. Her autobiographical poem My Life, a best-selling book of innovative American poetry, has garnered accolades and fans inside and outside academia. The Language of Inquiry is a comprehensive and wonderfully readable collection of her essays, and its publication promises to be an important event for American literary culture. Here, Hejinian brings together twenty essays written over a span of almost twenty-five years. Like many of the Language Poets with whom she has been associated since the mid-1970s, Hejinian turns to language as a social space, a site of both philosophical inquiry and political address.

Central to these essays are the themes of time and knowledge, consciousness and perception. Hejinian's interests cover a range of texts and figures. Prominent among them are Sir Francis Bacon and Enlightenment-era explorers; Faust and Sheherazade; Viktor Shklovsky and Russian formalism; William James, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Heidegger. But perhaps the most important literary presence in the essays is Gertrude Stein; the volume includes Hejinian's influential "Two Stein Talks," as well as two more recent essays on Stein's writings.

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