'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science
'Pataphysics, the pseudoscience imagined by Alfred Jarry, has so far, because of its academic frivolity and hermetic perversity, attracted very little scholarly or critical inquiry, and yet it has inspired a century of experimentation. Tracing the place of 'pataphysics in the relationship between science and poetry, Christian Bök shows it is fundamental to the nature of the postmodern, and considers the work of Alfred Jarry and its influence on others.
A long overdue critical look at a significant strain of the twentieth-century avant-garde, 'Pataphysics: The Poetics of Imaginary Science raises important historical, cultural, and theoretical issues germane to the production and reception of poetry, the ways we think about, write, and read it, and the sorts of claims it makes upon our understanding.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nobodhi - LibraryThing
am still ruminating & regesting; very nice to have a survey of post-jarry pataphysics; very heady (and ironic?) to read it in such academic prose, but that's how it is nothing i'd read to my aunt irma ... Read full review
Review: 'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary ScienceUser Review - Amira Hanafi - Goodreads
There is something fantastically attractive about this book. Perhaps it is Bok's symmetrical sections, or the fact that he pulls off literary theory as poetry. Or maybe its the vocabulary boost: you'll need a good dictionary, but you won't regret it. Read full review