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Temporariness

On the Imperatives of Place

John Kinsella und Russell West-Pavlov

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John Kinsella, Russell West-Pavlov, Temporariness (2018), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783823391746

Beschreibung / Abstract

'Temporariness' is a scandal in our culture of monumentalism and its persistent search for permanence and eternal life. Temporarinessthe time of the ephemeral and the performative, the time of speech, the time of nature and its constant changeshas little cultural purchase in the machine of the 'contemporary'. In this volume, two practitioners and theoreticians of time, space and the written/spoken word, embrace the notion of temporarinessseeing in it a site for a renewal of ways of thinking about ourselves, our language, our society and our environment. This collage of fragmentary genres approaches the notion of mitigated presence, mobilizing contingency to build an atlas of intersections seeking to pay attention to our own temporariness as the site of conceptual and ethical responsibility.

Beschreibung / Abstract

Temporariness is a scandal in our culture of monumentalism and its persistent search for permanence. Temporariness, the time of the ephemeral and the performative, the time of speech, the time of nature and its constant changesthese times have little cultural purchase. In this volume two practitioners and theoreticians of time, space and the word embrace the notion of temporarinessseeing in it a site for a renewal of ways of thinking about ourselves, our language, our society and our environment. This collage of fragmentary genres approaches the notion of mitigated presence to build an atlas of intersections attentive to our own temporariness as the site of aesthetic and ethical responsibility.
This book is a scintillating meditation on the temporality of human lives and the contemporary possibilities of humanistic writing. John Kinsella and Russell West-Pavlov explore the conjunctions of memoir, theory, poetry, anecdotes, journal entries and other fragmentary forms in their conversations about the political realities of the world and the imperatives of human survival. They write across hemispheres, they interanimate the specific experience of place and history in Germany, Ireland, Western Australia, the Adriatic coast, Africa, New England. 't?mp(?)r?r?n?s is the chance collaboration of two writers and intellectuals that could never have come into existence before it did and that can never be repeated. Philip Mead, University of Melbourne

Beschreibung

John Kinsella is Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University, Perth (Australia), Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge (UK), and the author of over 40 volumes of poetry.
Russell West-Pavlov is Professor of Anglophone Literarures and Cultures at the University of Tübingen (Germany), Research Associate at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and convenor of a DAAD-funded network project on "Literary Cultures of the Global South".

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Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • BEGINN
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Matting
  • Residues of Hessian
  • Where is here?
  • Eco-futures Opening Speech
  • At the End of August
  • ‘In that the world’s contracted thus’
  • Flâneur
  • 2015/16 Journal Extracts I
  • Writing a poem
  • 2015/16 Journal Extracts II
  • Selecting a Poem for Poetry Daily, 2015
  • Approximate Proximity
  • 2015/16 Journal Extracts III
  • Concretions
  • ‘Of the Progress of the Soul’
  • Utrecht caesura
  • Journaling an Activist Poetics
  • A Chronology of Poetic Activism I: Jam Tree Gully extractsfrom An Activist Journal (June to October, 2016)
  • Meshed landscapes of affect
  • Journaling an Activist Poetics—A Chronology of PoeticActivism II: Jam Tree Gully extracts from An Activist Journal(June to October, 2016)
  • Clinamen and the Kehre
  • John: Response to Clinamen
  • Journaling an Activist Poetics—A Chronology of PoeticActivism III: Jam Tree Gully extracts from An Activist Journal(June to October, 2016)
  • Framing
  • Subtexts of ‘Property’
  • Journaling an Activist Poetics—A Chronology of PoeticActivism IV: Jam Tree Gully extracts from An Activist Journal(June to October, 2016)
  • Trust Thoreau
  • Journaling an Actist Poetics—A Chronology of PoeticActivism V: Jam Tree Gully extracts from An Activist Journal(June to October, 2016)
  • A Call to Non-Violent Resistance: Save Wildlife NOW!
  • Risk History
  • Journaling an Activist Poetics—A Chronology of PoeticActivism VI: Jam Tree Gully extracts from An Activist Journal(June to October, 2016)
  • Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Lessen the distance between the word and the thing
  • Waking Thoughts
  • Surprise or astonishment?
  • The Nature/Nurture Propaganda of New-Wave Taxidermists
  • Marks in the sand
  • The Distractions: Global Fascism is a Fact
  • Berlin Bunker
  • On Filomena Coppola’s Earthly Tales Exhibition at Gallery152, York, Western Australia (2017)
  • Fractal Merri Creek
  • Exploitation of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • High Ordnance Temporariness: Deathcultism and Deletionsof Place
  • Wild Boars on the Panzerstraße
  • After the Mirage
  • Monologues to Tracy I: June 4th, 2017, Tübingen
  • Detachment Attachment
  • Monologues to Tracy II: June 5th, 2017, Tübingen
  • Zlatna vrata
  • Monologues to Tracy III: June 6th, 2017, Tübingen
  • Terraces
  • Monologues to Tracy IV
  • Stories stories
  • Monologues to Tracy V
  • Temporary episodes
  • Monologues to Tracy VI (episode 1)
  • Dialectical images
  • Temporariness and Photography
  • Monologues to Tracy VI (episode 2)
  • Neg-entropy
  • Monologues to Tracy VII
  • Ordnance Survey
  • John on maps
  • Hegel’s Pub
  • Monologues to Tracy VIII (episode 1)
  • Two questions have never ceased to nag me
  • Monologues to Tracy VIII (episode 2)
  • Walking in June
  • Monologues to Tracy IX
  • Running in the Black Forest
  • Monologues to Tracy X
  • Postscript (6.40pm)
  • The act of writing in a new notebook
  • A shy sun orchid
  • The Problems of Team Spirit: Versions of Hölderlin out ofWestern Australia
  • Patmos as palimpsest
  • Bobcat
  • Sightings-failure
  • Anecdote as method
  • Bibliography

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