Contemporary French Poetry
Towards a Minor Poetics

Daisy Sainsbury

Research Monographs in French Studies 65

Legenda

26 July 2021  •  202pp

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Over the last forty years, contemporary French poetry has been living in a state of crisis. Pronounced dead – or worse, irrelevant – it has sought to reassert its value, define its current specificity, and delineate its difference from the poetic practices of the past. But what are the defining contours of poetry today, given the sheer variety of practices that make up the contemporary field? Drawing on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s discussion of minor literature, which explores the relationship between literature, language and power, Daisy Sainsbury argues that one unifying feature is the presence of a ‘minor poetics’. Through close readings of three important poets – Dominique Fourcade, Olivier Cadiot and Christophe Tarkos – she examines how these three successive generations of linguistically experimental poets disrupt both literary and non-literary discourses, making the major minor, and redefining the political potential of poetic language in the process.

Daisy Sainsbury is an independent scholar based in Paris.

Reviews:

  • ‘Sainsbury has opened up a hospitable space for further reflection and critical engagement. This is a sure-handed, accessible and very knowledgeable study of what is challenging, and critically important, work.’ — Michael G. Kelly, Modern Language Review 119.2, 2024, 273-74 (full text online)

Contents:

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Chapter 1 Minor Literature, Minor Poetry?
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Chapter 2 Dominique Fourcade, ‘L’expérience De La Poésie’
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Chapter 3 Olivier Cadiot, ‘La Poésie Par D’autres Moyens’
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Chapter 4 Christophe Tarkos, ‘Pour La Poésie’
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Index
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Sainsbury, Daisy, Contemporary French Poetry: Towards a Minor Poetics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 65 (Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Daisy Sainsbury, Contemporary French Poetry: Towards a Minor Poetics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 65 (Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sainsbury, p. 47.

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Sainsbury, Daisy. 2021. Contemporary French Poetry: Towards a Minor Poetics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 65 (Legenda)

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