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Marjorie Perloff Conversation, Part 1

Marjorie Perloff talks to Charles Bernstein about her mermoir, Vienna Paradox, the influence of her experience as a refugee on her literary criticism, her graduate school days as a Jewish intellectual at Catholic University of America, and the pernicious influence of Martin Heidegger on postwar thought. Perloff is one of America’s foremost scholars of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. Her books include Rhyme and Meaning in the Poetry of Yeats (1970); Frank O’Hara: Poet Among Painters (1977); The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition (1985); The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986), and Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (1996). And out late 2009: The Sound of Poetry / the Poetry of Sound, edited with Craig Dworkin. She lives in Los Angeles (28 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.