Allen Fisher: Reading 'Mummers’ Strut'
Thurston, S 2003, 'Allen Fisher: Reading 'Mummers’ Strut'' , in: The Salt Companion to Allen Fisher , Salt Publishing. (Submitted)
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In 1995, Allen Fisher published a poem entitled ‘Mummers’ Strut’ in an issue of the magazine West Coast Line, accompanied by a statement of poetics. This essay offers a close reading of the poem by investigating its multiple sources alongside Fisher's poetics. The principle technique that Fisher employs in this and other works is a form of collage; combining materials taken from other texts, often altering them in the process (a technique Fisher calls re-narration). This altering of the quotations from other texts amounts to what Fisher calls a ‘subversion of collage form’. 'Mummers’ Strut', unlike most of Fisher’s output, includes endnotes which precisely indicate the origins of each part of the poem’s fabric. This provides a rare opportunity for an exact comparison of the materials Fisher has drawn on and their final appearance in the text of the poem. It is hoped that such a comparison will suggest ways in which Fisher’s hypercomplex work can be understood and appreciated as literary art.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Allen Fisher Innovative Poetry|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PE English|
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language|
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
|Depositing User:||SD Thurston|
|Date Deposited:||19 Jan 2010 14:42|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2011 11:54|
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