Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them

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by Mark McCutcheon

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In this inventive collection of poems, McCutcheon engages in sophisticated literary play and deploys the Surrealist practices of juxtaposition, cut-up, and defamiliarization. Moving from eroticism to the macabre and from transformative quotation to the individual idiom, Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them explores intertextuality in poetry by challenging the cultural tradition of seeing quotation as derivative.

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Mark McCutcheon is Professor of Literary Studies with Athabasca University's Centre for Humanities and the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Visit Mark's faculty page.


Aux frontières de l’intime

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Le sujet lyrique dans la poésie québécoise actuelle

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Sous la direction de Evelyne Gagnon et Denise Brassard.

Depuis 1980, une part importante de la production poétique québécoise affiche un parti pris individualiste qui se manifeste notamment par une valorisation de l’intime. Plus récemment, les pratiques semblent se diversifier: tandis que certains auteurs conservent et actualisent l’héritage romantique en adoptant une approche ontologique (demeurant proche de l’intime et s’attachant à la dimension philosophique de la poésie), d’autres manifestent un intérêt renouvelé pour le langage comme forme, adoptant une approche sémiologique. Un troisième courant enfin se fait jour, qui se situe à mi-chemin entre les deux précédents; on revalorise la dimension éthique et politique du poème sans faire de compromis sur les exigences formelles.

Montréal, UQAM, Cahiers du Centre de recherche Figura, No 17, 2007, 182 p. Available online in Open access via OIC (Observatoire de l'imaginaire contemporain).

Evelyne Gagnon is an Assistant Professor of French literary studies in the Centre for Humanities.

États de la présence

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les lieux d’inscription de la subjectivité dans la poésie québécoise actuelle

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Sous la direction de Evelyne Gagnon et Denise Brassard.

Si la poésie parle toujours (et fait parler le reste de la littérature), cette parole peut-elle peut-elle encore prétendre à quelque légitimité ou puissance? Le poème étant à la fois sujet et objet, cette première interrogation débouche naturellement sur la question des lieux d’inscription de la subjectivité. Le présent ouvrage critique regroupe des articles scientifiques, mais aussi des fictions et des textes poétiques, qui explorent les divers lieux d’inscription des subjectivités poétiques contemporaines, cela en sondant cette question prenant depuis le tournant du 21e siècle de nouveaux échos : D’où le poème parle-t-il? Les textes, qui portent sur la poésie québécoise depuis 1980, se penchent sur les œuvres de près de vingt-cinq poètes.

Montréal, XYZ Éditeur, coll. «Théorie et littérature», 2010, 329 p.

Evelyne Gagnon is an Assistant Professor of French literary studies in the Centre for Humanities.

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Speak Only of the Moon

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A New Translation of Rumi

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Translated by E.D. Blodgett and Manijeh Mannani.

As readers everywhere of the Sufi poet Rumi know, his thought is at once profound and perennially fresh. It is sometimes forgotten, however, by those who rely on translations, that he was a poet most at home in a poetry of constraints. The intention of this book is to give some emphasis to his poetry, particularly his intricate use of rhyme while bearing in mind that, were we to follow Rumi all the way, it might appear artificial. Remembering the constraints of both Persian and English, we have endeavoured to present a Rumi, one of the great lights of a brilliant poetic tradition, in an English that, despite the hazards of translation, comes close to our great forebear, in all his lightness, playfulness, and ineffable joy.

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Divine Deviants

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The Dialectics of Devotion in the Poetry of Donne and Rūmī

by Manijeh Mannani

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Divine Deviants is a comparative study of the Persian Sufi poet, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1212-1273), and the English Metaphysical poet, John Donne (1572-1631). By focusing on the two schools of thought to which these poets belong as well as their individual poetic worldviews and styles, this book elucidates the different dimensions of the shared philosophy governing their poetry.

Bridging linguistic, cultural, religious, and philosophical barriers, Divine Deviants carefully illustrates that in the works of both Rūmī and Donne love symbolizes Beatific Vision and Truth. More generally, this book highlights the bonds between religion, mysticism, and literature and thus examines not only the interdependent issues in these disciplines, but also the invisible and yet profound closeness that exists in the representative works of the two literary and religious traditions.

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Publisher: Peter Lang
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Manijeh Mannani is Associate Dean, Program and Course Planning, and Associate Professor for English and Comparative Literature. View Manijeh's faculty page.