Allen Fisher : reading 'Mummers’ Strut'

Thurston, S ORCID: 2020, 'Allen Fisher : reading 'Mummers’ Strut'' , in: The Allen Fisher Companion , Shearsman Books, Swindon, pp. 134-162.

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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
Editors: Cheek, C and Hampson, R
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PE English
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Schools > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: Shearsman Books
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781848616264
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Depositing User: Prof Scott Thurston
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:46
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