The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose

2016.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose, Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
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2016.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose, Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels (trs.), Verso, 2014, 256pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781781685693. Reviewed by Gerald Bruns, University of Notre Dame This volume gathers together Alain Badiou's fugitive writings on literary modernism, or what Badiou calls "the age of the poets," which on his chronology extends from Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) to Paul Celan (1920-70). Badiou's touchstone is Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-98), specifically Mallarmé's conception of la poésie pur in which the poem is no longer a form of mediation but a materialization of language whose words are scattered as if by chance across the white space of the printed page.[1] In "Crise de vers" (1896), for example, Mallarmé writes: If a poem is to be pure, the poet's voice must be stilled and the initiative taken by the words themselves, which will be set in. . .

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