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Radium of the Word: A Poetics of Materiality

Craig Dworkin


This book proposes a methodology for literary analysis. It demonstrates that attending to the material forms of language can reveal significations not otherwise accessible through conventional reading strategies. Linguistic materiality—the specific forms and configurations taken by the signifier—generates its own non-symbolic associations. The physical substance of writing highlights similarities between signifiers, establishes connections that cut across grammatic and rhetorical units, and creates patterns that can be significant without communicating any set or preordained message. Pursuing ... More

Keywords: African American literature, avant-garde, materiality, onomastics, poetry and poetics, radical formalism, reading, signifier, typography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226743424
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226743738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Dworkin, author
University of Utah