Ethnopoetics and the performativity of place: Jerome Rothenberg and "That Dada Strain"

John Wrighton

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This chapter proposes that Jerome Rothenberg’s work as editor of several influential anthologies – from Technicians of the Sacred (1967) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1972) to Poems for the Millennium (1995) – develops a protean definition of poesis as a direct challenge to cultural imperialism. In contradistinction to the categorizing of schools and movements (Black Mountain, Beat, New York, Language etc.), I examine how Rothenberg adopted a dialectical or processual anthropology in creating anthologies that share a generative quality, inviting the reader to actively participate in an interrogation of the what, how, who, when and if/was/is of ethnopoetics. Performing a series of ethnopoetic readings, I describe the insistently processual dynamic of welcoming the other which looks to secure an ethical responsibility in the performance of place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlacing Poetry
EditorsIan Davidson, Zoe Skoulding
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherEditions Rodopi B.V.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789042036147
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameSpatial Practices


  • Poetry
  • Jerome Rothenberg
  • Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven


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