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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

Mêmewars

By Adeena Karasick

Merging autobiography, criticism, feminist theory and poetry in an economy of desire, Mêmewars puts a poetics of rupture, displacement, obsession and exile into praxis. This text writes against a sexist, imperialist discourse of mastery and idealization. It challenges the mythologies of cohesion, autonomy and stable identity—the capitalist vision of literary originality, where ownership is of prime value.
As a book that calls into question beginnings and ends, Mêmewars has no closure and no “back” cover; six individual texts work from two separate beginnings: they clash in the “middle”—an unstable and shifting “centre.” However through a self-reflexive practice of authorization, intention is delegitimized as the centre-piece decentres, and becomes yet another beginning.

ISBN 13: 9780889223448 | ISBN 10: 889223440
6 W x 9 H inches | 120 pages
$16.95 CAN / $12.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000

QUOTES OF NOTE

“[Karasick] enacts language in a concrete way, so that it becomes a sort of golem figure she has animated through the sacred words. And she calls on the figural body of words (their etymology, morphology, phonology and usage) more than their meanings to build her poetry-essays.”
Canadian Literature

Mêmewars is electricity in language, eccentricity at its best where ‘there’s a profusion of presents.’ This book makes eye contact with she and with me. It reminds me how being a reader can be exciting.”
— Nicole Brossard

AWARDS

Finalist, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, BC Book Prizes (1995)

About the Contributors

Adeena Karasick

Adeena Karasick is a media artist, performer, cultural theorist, and the critically acclaimed author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institute in New York. Karasick is also co-founding Artistic Director of the KlezKanada Poetry Festival and Retreat. In 2017 the Adeena Karasick Archive was established at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

This Poem cover
This Poem

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

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Amuse Bouche

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

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The House that Hijack Built

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

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Dyssemia Sleaze

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

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Genrecide

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

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Mêmewars

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

The Empress Has No Closure
The Empress Has No Closure

Adeena Karasick
Poetry


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