The Matter of Language - Abstraction and Poetry
Benjamin Noys (Author)
PRE-ORDER released 06 December 2022
A critical intervention on the relationship between language and matter. If the twentieth century was the century in which language was at the center of thought, the twenty-first century has, so far, been the century of matter. The Matter of Language is a critical intervention that aims to return to the relationship between language and matter to think of our present moment as one dominated by abstractions that rule our lives. In a series of dated chapters, that form punctual moments of intervention, this book both rehabilitates key thinkers, like Marx, Freud, and Saussure, and engages with poetic thinking on matter in David Jones, Diane di Prima, William Blake, Leslie Kaplan, and others. It is a matter of understanding language as a site of struggle, which is intimately bound to the material but also crucial in formulating and expressing the material and the abstractions that shape language and matter. Working between theory and poetry, The Matter of Language reconceives notions of alienation and class struggle as essential modes of reading and analysis for our fractured present.
About the Author
Benjamin Noys is professor of critical theory at the University of Chichester. His books include Georges Bataille, The Culture of Death, The Persistence of the Negative and Malign Velocities.
- Contributor: Benjamin Noys
- Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
- ISBN13: 9781803090740
- Number of Pages: 272
- Packaged Dimensions: 6x9mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
- Release Date: 2022-12-06
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Benjamin Noys is professor of critical theory at the University of Chichester. His books include Georges Bataille, The Culture of Death, The Persistence of the Negative and Malign Velocities.