The Empire of Neomemory

The Empire of Neomemory

Heriberto Yépez / Feb 26, 2021

The Empire of Neomemory Literary Nonfiction Poetry History Criticism Latino Latina Studies Translated from the Spanish by Jen Hofer Christian Nagler and Brian Whitener In Charles Olson set out to spend some time in M

  • Title: The Empire of Neomemory
  • Author: Heriberto Yépez
  • ISBN: 9781930068636
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Literary Nonfiction Poetry History Criticism Latino Latina Studies Translated from the Spanish by Jen Hofer, Christian Nagler, and Brian Whitener In 1951, Charles Olson set out to spend some time in Mexico He was only there for five months and he didn t learn much, but this time in Mexico would come to define all the poetry he was yet to write Yepez begins withLiterary Nonfiction Poetry History Criticism Latino Latina Studies Translated from the Spanish by Jen Hofer, Christian Nagler, and Brian Whitener In 1951, Charles Olson set out to spend some time in Mexico He was only there for five months and he didn t learn much, but this time in Mexico would come to define all the poetry he was yet to write Yepez begins with Olson in Mexico, with the possibility that he might be writing a study of Olson, a study of Olson s Mexico philia But what he writes instead is a breathtaking investigation of the relation between USAmerican poetry and Empire that careens idiosyncratically through the great men of empire not just Olson, but those many other men who also traveled to Mexico, such as William Burroughs, Antonin Artaud, D H Lawrence, Herman Melville, and Ray Bradbury This work is a dismantling of Olson, and of empire, and yet it is also clearly an inside job, a book that could only be written by someone who had spent hours thinking with and through and beyond Olson.

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    1. Reviewing or even saying that I've finished this books seems silly. I'm going to be thinking about and returning to a lot of these ideas. Right now, mulling over Yepez's notion of history as pantopia. He says (I'm, of course, paraphrasing)that modernity and post-modernity are two sides of the same coin: a pantopic reordering and editing of the past into a linear, or non-linear, but still cohesive narrative that selects and supresses the past in favor of a narrative that suits empire, a desire fo [...]


    2. Four passages from The Empire of Neomemory:A good portion of that enormous distance that Olson always maintained with respect to his body, he learned from his mother, for whom all corporeality was risk. We cannot understand Olson if we do not understand the abyss his mother sowed between him and his body, early on, to the point of his conceiving of it as his lugubrious satellite or golden cloud. When he got to Mexico, many years later, Olson was mostly surprised at the manner in which the descen [...]


    3. Summarizing w/caution--there's a lot here: Using a psychoanalytic approach, Yepez uses Olson as a way of critiquing the USAmerican Avant-garde at large. The charges. Olson, in ushering in the term Post-Modern, creates the illusion that we are done with modernism, when, in fact the primary strategy of cultural production has been and remains the creation of neomemories via recovery, remix, re-edit, re-etc of fragments: “The “American” dream is a dream of a new memory." Against revolutionary [...]


    4. I loved Yépez's critique of Olsonian pantopia, but I wasn't comfortable with his highly atomistic/individualistic alternative (or non-alternative), which seems to deny molecular forms of relation, group, region, etc. Regardless, this is exciting and luminous critical writing - the very best kind.




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