John Kinsella, Russell West-Pavlov

Temporariness

On the Imperatives of Place
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Temporariness is a scandal in our culture of monumentalism and its persistent search for permanence. Temporariness, the time of the ephemeral and the performative, the time of speech, the time of nature and its constant changes—these times have little cultural purchase. In this volume two practitioners and theoreticians of time, space and the word embrace the notion of temporariness—seeing in it a site for a renewal of ways of thinking about ourselves, our language, our society and our environment. This collage of fragmentary genres approaches the notion of mitigated presence to build an atlas of intersections attentive to our own temporariness as the site of aesthetic and ethical responsibility.
“This book is a scintillating meditation on the temporality of human lives and the contemporary possibilities of humanistic writing. John Kinsella and Russell West-Pavlov explore the conjunctions of memoir, theory, poetry, anecdotes, journal entries and other fragmentary forms in their conversations about the political realities of the world and the imperatives of human survival. They write across hemispheres, they interanimate the specific experience of place and history in Germany, Ireland, Western Australia, the Adriatic coast, Africa, New England. 't?mp(?)r?r?n?s is the chance collaboration of two writers and intellectuals that could never have come into existence before it did and that can never be repeated.” – Philip Mead, University of Melbourne
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'Temporariness' is a scandal in our culture of monumentalism and its persistent search for permanence and eternal life. Temporariness—the time of the ephemeral and the performative, the time of speech, the time of nature and its constant changes—has little cultural purchase in the machine of the 'contemporary'. In this volume, two practitioners and theoreticians of time, space and the written/spoken word, embrace the notion of temporariness—seeing in it a site for a renewal of ways of thinking about ourselves, our language, our society and our environment. This collage of fragmentary genres approaches the notion of mitigated presence, mobilizing contingency to build an atlas of intersections seeking to pay attention to our own temporariness as the site of conceptual and ethical responsibility.

Autoreninformation:
John Kinsella is Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University, Perth (Australia), Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge (UK), and the author of over 40 volumes of poetry.
Russell West-Pavlov is Professor of Anglophone Literarures and Cultures at the University of Tübingen (Germany), Research Associate at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and convenor of a DAAD-funded network project on "Literary Cultures of the Global South".
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ISBN 978-3-8233-9174-6
EAN 9783823391746
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 372
Format eBook PDF
Ausgabename 18174-2
Verlag Gunter Narr Verlag
Autor John Kinsella, Russell West-Pavlov
Erscheinungsdatum 20.04.2021