Thursday, August 14, 2008

the fragmentation of subjectivity...

...doesn't amount to much if the many voices that say "I" are more or less identical.

They may also be identical in sharing an unreflected-upon, inarticulate comfort with their own contradictoriness--a fragmentation that precedes anything that might happen in the poem.


One major problem: "self" or "subject" gets identified with "voice," and a multiplication or fragmentation of subjectivity becomes a matter of multiple voices.

I'd think this problem would have gone away by now, since more interesting solutions were already around by the late nineteenth century.


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