Notes and Quotes
Barrett Watten (beginning on page 335)
Poetics questions the nature and value of the work of art as it expands the ground of its making into the context of its production and reception (335).
Literariness is in a crisis of new meaning due to its expanded cultural ground (336).
It is the possibility of a univocal/universal literariness that demands an account of poetics as a specific genre (338).
It is important that poetics in the modern era entails equally the positivity of a self-focused mode of organization and the negativity of that which it cannot represent (340).
A paradox emerges where the material text confronts its limits in the alterity of the reader (342).
Corollaries necessary for such an analysis: the genre in question really is structured in relation to a differential field of oppositions, and that this logic of oppositions is productive of new work (349).
Not-language, not-poetry… poetics (349).
The author’s first task in thinking through the question of poetics here has been to disclose a logic of genre that provides a genealogy of poetics and accounts for the range of its practice. The second is to extend this logic to forms of art that have emerged more recently (351).
The interpretive effort, however relentlessly applied, always fails within an overarching architecture of machine interface that absorbs not only interpretation but consciousness and subjectivity into its own orders (364).
We also need to consider poetics’ negative relation to the object and its dialectical or diacritical unfolding as well (365).