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Infidel Poetics Riddles, Nightlife, Substance

ISBN-10: 0226803104

ISBN-13: 9780226803104

Edition: 2009

Authors: Daniel Tiffany

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Poetry has long been regarded as the least accessible of literary genres. But how much does the obscurity that confounds readers of a poem differ from, say, the slang that seduces listeners of hip-hop? Infidel Poeticsexamines not only the shared incomprensibilities of poetry and slang, but poetry's genetic relation to the spectacle of underground culture. Charting connections between vernacular poetry, lyric obscurity, and types of social relationsnetworks of darkened streets in preindustrial cities, the historical underworld of taverns and clubs, the subcultures of the avant-gardeDaniel Tiffany shows that obscurity in poetry has functioned for hundreds of years as a medium of alternative societies. For example, he discovers in the submerged tradition of canting poetry and its eccentric genresthieves' carols, drinking songs, beggars' chantsa genealogy of modern nightlife, but also a visible underworld of social and verbalsubstance, a demimonde for sale. Ranging from Anglo-Saxon riddles to Emily Dickinson, from the icylogosof Parmenides to the monadology of Leibniz, from Mother Goose to Mallarme,Infidel Poeticsoffers an exhilarating account of the subversive power of obscurity in word, substance, and deed.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction: Lyric Substance and Social Being
The Spectacle of Obscurity
In the Vernacular
Anon
Kryptonite
Def Rhapsody
Thick as Thieves
The Riddle of Being
Riddlecraft
In the Parlance of Things
Black Wonder
Orpheus and the Backwardness of Things
Darkness Visible
The Metaphysics of Dust
Counterfeit Gloom
Lost Laboratories of the Sphinx
Enigmatography
Rhapsodic Measures
Hex
Ransom in a Voice
Elegiac Questions
Fetters, Jinx, Logic
Blow-Up
Lyric Monadologies
Genetic Obscurity
Ariadne's Thread
The Infinity of Small, Hidden Springs
Lucifer's Element, or the Secrets of the Sublime
Logic, Expression, Harmony
Clockwork of the Infidel
Infinity, Inc.
Sleeper Cells and Slumbering Monads
Infidel Lyric: The Rhymes of the Canting Crew
Flash, etc.
Strange Navigation
Sparrow Language
The Spy's Lexicon
Ragpicker, Dandy, Apache
Flash Crib: A Genealogy of Modern Nightlife
The Infidel Sublime
Tavern Talk
The Brands of Cupid
The Politics of Nightlife
Infidel Culture
Shoemaker-Poets
Fairies and Infidels
Noctambulism
The Nightspot and the New Chanson
Tingeltangel
Smash Palace
Shades of the Avant-Garde
Mother Goose and Mallarm�
Afterword: The Art of Disappearing
Notes
Index