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Defoe (EL-E-PHANT Books/Green Integer) [Paperback]

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Item description for Defoe (EL-E-PHANT Books/Green Integer) by Leslie Scalapino...

Defoe is an epic where images of -battle become meditations, an epic wherein events flap in silence as the narrative moves toward a place where the reader and text become one. The images of this fiction don't resemble events, but are new occurrences in time and space. In Part I, Waking Life, the heroine, in love with James Dean, discovers herself in a desert pocked with fires in which the "henna man"-a drug dealer-is being carried in a white cocoon. And throughout Scala-pino's work the reader is taken into a world where the written word creates "an event retrieved from so far back that it is separated from memory."

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Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Green Integer
ISBN  1931243441  
ISBN13  9781931243445  

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More About Leslie Scalapino

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leslie Scalapino is the author of thirty books of poetry, prose inter-genre-fiction, plays, and essays. Granary Book just published a collaborative book by artist Kiki Smith and Leslie Scalapino, titled The Animal is in the World like Water in Water. Scalapino's It's go in horizontal/Selected Poems, 1974-2006 was published by University of California Press at Berkeley in 2008. Other books of Scalapino's poetry include DAY OCEAN STATE OF STARS' NIGHT (Green Integer), a collection of eight years; ZITHER & AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Wesleyan University Press), The Tango (Granary Press), ORCHID JETSAM (Tuumba), Dahlia's Iris--Secret Autobiography and Fiction (FC2 Publishers); a reprint of the prose work DEFOE by Green Integer; and IT'S GO IN/ QUIET ILLUMINED GRASS/ LAND (The Post-Apollo Press).

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Books & Reading > Women Writers & Feminist Theory
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I failed my paper  Sep 30, 2003
This book has nothing to do with William Defoe. I failed my paper. She should have calld her book something else, because I didn't know until it was too late! I copied some stuff out of here and my teacher said I didn't even proofread. If you like William Defoe, you should see the movie Platoon. 'Nuf said.
Pushing the envelope of literature ... (and intelligibility)  Nov 16, 2000
Whether or not you will "like" this book is really quite irrelevant ... if pick it up, make no sense of it, and put it down in disgust then you have missed the point. This "novel" is an experiment in what literature of the future might look like, how far we can get from narrative and still "mean" something to a reader, and so on.

Read this book if you are turned on by surrealist literature (like stuff published by Atlas Press), John Ashbery's poetry, the films of Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, or Derrida's epistolary novel "The Post Card." The Brakhage connection is particularly apt here -- his films are often viewed with incomprehension themselves, but their influence has subtly permeated our culture by impacting the vision of many filmmakers. You can't look at TV for ten minutes these days without seeing Brakhage's influence in a commercial or TV program. I can imagine Scalapino and other writers like her having a similar, subtle effect on writing of the future.


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