Weekend Reading List

From socially engaged poetry to matters of style: what to read this weekend

  • ‘What if we asked of theory as a genre that it be as interesting, as strange, as poetically or narratively as rich as we ask our poetry or fiction to be?’ – McKenzie Wark on capitalism and language

  • The Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the American avant garde

  • ‘In a time of frontal assaults both on language and on human solidarity, poetry can remind us of all we are in danger of losing—disturb us, embolden us out of resignation.’ – on the socially engaged poetry of Adrienne Rich

  • Formal matters: Giorgio Agamben on the ontology of style

  • Who are you really? The late Jenny Diski on identity and The Three Christs of Ypsilanti

  • How can we separate science from colonial power? This reading list might be a good place to start

  • Judith Butler on how the legal battle over Kafka’s estate raised questions of national identity and the legitime statehood

  • Christian Lorentzen on dropping the adverb

Paul Clinton is a writer and is lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, London. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque in January 2019.

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