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Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary

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Marjorie Perloff, among our foremost critics of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Ludwig Wittgenstein provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language. Taking seriously Wittgenstein's remark that "philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry," Perloff begins by discussing Wittgenstein the "poet." What we learn is that the poetics of everyday life is anything but banal.

"This book has the lucidity and the intelligence we have come to expect from Marjorie Perloff.and#8212;Linda Munk, American Literature

"[Perloff] has brilliantly adapted Wittgenstein's conception of meaning and use to an analysis of contemporary language poetry."and#8212;Linda Voris, Boston Review

"Wittgenstein's Ladder offers significant insights into the current state of poetry, literature, and literary study. Perloff emphasizes the vitality of reading and thinking about poetry, and the absolute necessity of pushing against the boundaries that define and limit our worlds."and#8212;David Clippinger, Chicago Review

"Majorie Perloff has done more to illuminate our understanding of twentieth century poetic language than perhaps any other critic. . . . Entertaining, witty, and above all highly original."and#8212;Willard Bohn, Sub-Stance

Book News Annotation:

Perloff (humanities, Stanford U.) argues that the philosopher provides writers with a radical new aesthetic, taking seriously his remark that "philosophy ought to be written only as a form of poetry." She examines two of his works, Tractatus and Investigations, as radically poetic works that exemplify a practice through which grammar becomes the focus of attention, and looks at the work of Wittgensteinian writers including Viennese postwar writers and contemporary American poets. Includes b&w photos and illustrations.
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Synopsis:

Marjorie Perloff, among our foremost critics of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Ludwig Wittgenstein provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language. Taking seriously Wittgenstein's remark that philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry, Perloff begins by discussing Wittgenstein the poet. What we learn is that the poetics of everyday life is anything but banal.

This book has the lucidity and the intelligence we have come to expect from Marjorie Perloff.--Linda Munk, American Literature

Perloff has brilliantly adapted Wittgenstein's conception of meaning and use to an analysis of contemporary language poetry.--Linda Voris, Boston Review

Wittgenstein's Ladder offers significant insights into the current state of poetry, literature, and literary study. Perloff emphasizes the vitality of reading and thinking about poetry, and the absolute necessity of pushing against the boundaries that define and limit our worlds.--David Clippinger, Chicago Review

Majorie Perloff has done more to illuminate our understanding of twentieth century poetic language than perhaps any other critic. . . . Entertaining, witty, and above all highly original.--Willard Bohn, SubStance

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-273) and index.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Abbreviations for Works by Wittgenstein

Preface

Introduction

1: The Making of the Tractatus: Russell, Wittgenstein, and the "Logic" of War

2: The "Synopsis of Trivialities": The Art of the Philosophical Investigations

3: "Grammar in Use": Wittgenstein/Gertrude Stein/Marinetti

4: Witt-Watt: The Language of Resistance/The Resistance of Language

5: Border Games: The Wittgenstein Fictions of Thomas Bernhard and Ingeborg Bachmann

6: "Running Against the Walls of Our Cage": Toward a Wittgensteinian Poetics

Coda: "Writing Through" Wittgenstein with Joseph Kosuth

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226660585
Author:
Perloff, Marjorie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 8
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
8.25 x 6 in

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Product details 306 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226660585 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Marjorie Perloff, among our foremost critics of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Ludwig Wittgenstein provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language. Taking seriously Wittgenstein's remark that philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry, Perloff begins by discussing Wittgenstein the poet. What we learn is that the poetics of everyday life is anything but banal.

This book has the lucidity and the intelligence we have come to expect from Marjorie Perloff.--Linda Munk, American Literature

Perloff has brilliantly adapted Wittgenstein's conception of meaning and use to an analysis of contemporary language poetry.--Linda Voris, Boston Review

Wittgenstein's Ladder offers significant insights into the current state of poetry, literature, and literary study. Perloff emphasizes the vitality of reading and thinking about poetry, and the absolute necessity of pushing against the boundaries that define and limit our worlds.--David Clippinger, Chicago Review

Majorie Perloff has done more to illuminate our understanding of twentieth century poetic language than perhaps any other critic. . . . Entertaining, witty, and above all highly original.--Willard Bohn, SubStance

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