Imagining Language: An Anthology

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Jed Rasula, Steve McCaffery
MIT Press, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 618 pages

When works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Stein's Tender Buttons were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable," if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for a collection of writings that demonstrates a continuum of creative conjecture on language from antiquity to the present. The anthology, which spans three millennia, generally bypasses chronology in order to illuminate unexpected congruities between seemingly discordant materials. Together, the writings celebrate the scope and prodigality of linguistic speculation in the West going back to the pre-Socratics.

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Contents

Introduction
811
3
825
8
847
From Chirologia or the Natural
937
Dialogues in Rhyming Slang from
983
10
1035
119
1069
126
1083
From Dicamus et Labyrinthos
1663
From Jubilate Agno 17591763 313 Benjamin Paul Blood The Poetical Alphabet 1879 414
1671
The Divine Emanation
1695
From Mysterium Magnum 1623
1709
16
1719
Declaration of the Word
1723
The Somatic Production of Sounds
1741
Cherokee Alphabet 1821 459
1765

Kurt Schwitters From Sonata in Urlauten
1207
F M R 1926
1219
Divinities and Aliens
1241
Enochian Call 15811589
1277
Utopian and Barmoodan Verses 1630 Peter Walkden Fogg Unspoken Music 1796 229
1293
Samples of the Inner Script
1311
H 1977
1343
289
1409
296
1423
From A Humument A Treated Victorian Austin Osman Spare Sigils Belief with Protection
1485
Revolution of the Word
1549
Transverse Flute Narrative
1591
Mania
1603
12
1605
Clinical
1619
13
1627
From Memoirs of My Nervous A de Vertus The Serpent 1868
1653
Retentions and Secretions
1777
Crystal Systems 1994
1791
26
1799
The Railway Embankment
1811
Diary Entries
1863
Spelt from Sibyls Leaves 1889
1889
35
1955
42
1969
49
1989
Further Reading
1999
Oralities Rituals and Colloquies
2001
The Warrior of the Kingdom William Bullokar Orthographic Reforms 1581
2007
How the Names Are Changed
A Checklist The Alphabet of the Mind 1916
55
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Jed Rasula is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Steve McCaffery is David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.

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