New Release Books by Alex Houen

Alex Houen is the author of Ring Cycle (2018), Powers of Possibility (2012), Hold! West (2016), Terrorism and Modern Literature (2002) and , Terrorism and Modern Literature from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson (2002).

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Ring Cycle

release date: Apr 18, 2018
Ring Cycle
Poetry. A beautiful, formidably intelligent yet profoundly inviting book, Alex Houen''s much-anticipated RING CYCLE brilliantly orchestrates its many motifs across poems that move from the metaphysical to the intimate to the droll sometimes within one poem. Houen is a poet of lavish linguistic sensuality, his poems vibrating with his attunement to fissures within the self, between lovers; salutes to friends; romantic skirmish; the ambient dread of our moment. Houen''s brilliantly mash-upping mind encompasses pirated DVDs, Dryden and Alexander McQueen, conceits poetic and contemporary and untimely and unheimlich. A book of enormous range, simultaneously lush and austere, RING CYCLE tracks the perversities of erotic and filial suspension alongside questions of conscience and aesthetics.

Powers of Possibility

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Powers of Possibility
By outlining a novel concept of literary practice ''potentialism'', this text shows how opening up literary possibilities enabled writers such as Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, and Lyn Hejinian to tackle matters of power and politics.

Terrorism and Modern Literature

release date: Sep 12, 2002
Terrorism and Modern Literature
Is terrorism''s violence essentially symbolic? Does it impact on culture primarily through the media? What kinds of performative effect do the various discourses surrounding terrorism have? Such questions have not only become increasingly important in terrorism studies, they have also been concerns for many literary writers. This book is the first extensive study of modern literature''s engagement with terrorism. Ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s, the terrorism examined is as diverse as the literary writings on it: chapters include discussions of Joseph Conrad''s novels on Anarchism and Russian Nihilism; Wyndham Lewis''s avant-garde responses to Syndicalism and the militant Suffragettes; Ezra Pound''s poetic entanglement with Segregationist violence; Walter Abish''s fictions about West German urban guerrillas; and Seamus Heaney''s and Ciaran Carson''s poems on the ''Troubles'' in Northern Ireland. In each instance, Alex Houen explores how the literary writer figures clashes or collusions between terrorist violence and discursive performativity. What is revealed is that writing on terrorism has frequently involved refiguring the force of literature itself. In terrorism studies the cultural impact of terrorism has often been accounted for with rigid, structural theories of its discursive roots. But what about the performative effects of violence on discourse? Addressing the issue of this mutual contagion, Terrorism and Modern Literature shows that the mediation and effects of terrorism have been historically variable. Referring to a variety of sources in addition to the literature—newspaper and journal articles, legislation, letters, manifestos—the book shows how terrorism and the literature on it have been embroiled in wider cultural fields. The result is not just a timely intervention in debates about terrorism''s performativity. Drawing on literary/critical theory and philosophy, it is also a major contribution to debates about the historical and political dimensions of modernist and postmodernist literary practices.

Terrorism and Modern Literature from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Terrorism and Modern Literature from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson
Is terrorism''s violence essentially symbolic? Does it impact on culture primarily through the media? What kinds of performative effect do the various discourses surrounding terrorism have? Such questions have not only become increasingly important in terrorism studies, they have also been concerns for many literary writers. This book is the first extensive study of modern literature''s engagement with terrorism. Ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s, the terrorism examined is as diverseas the literary writings on it: chapters include discussions of Joseph Conrad''s novels on Anarchism and Russian Nihilism; Wyndham Lewis''s avant-garde responses to Syndicalism and the militant Suffragettes; Ezra Pound''s poetic entanglement with Segregationist violence; Walter Abish''s fictions about West German urban guerrillas; and Seamus Heaney''s and Ciaran Carson''s poems on the ''Troubles'' in Northern Ireland. In each instance, Alex Houen explores how the literary writer figures clashesor collusions between terrorist violence and discursive performativity. What is revealed is that writing on terrorism has frequently involved refiguring the force of literature itself. In terrorism studies the cultural impact of terrorism has often been accounted for with rigid, structural theories of its discursive roots. But what about the performative effects of violence on discourse? Addressing the issue of this mutual contagion, Terrorism and Modern Literature shows that the mediation andeffects of terrorism have been historically variable. Referring to a variety of sources in addition to the literature--newspaper and journal articles, legislation, letters, manifestoes--the book shows how terrorism and the literature on it have been embroiled in wider cultural fields. The result is not just a timely intervention in debates about terrorism''s performativity. Drawing on literary/critical theory and philosophy, it is also a major contribution to debates about the historical and political dimensions of modernist and postmodernist literary practices.
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