Charles Bernstein (3529 words)

Nerys Williams (University College Dublin); Revised By: Joao Guimaraes (University College Dublin)
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Charles Bernstein’s work as poet, critic, collaborator, educator and editor can be read as a life-long campaign to introduce and affirm poetry’s position in the public sphere. He is associated primarily with the emergence of a poetic tendency known as L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry (also referred to as language writing) on the American East and West coasts during the late seventies. With poet Bruce Andrews he co-founded and co-edited the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E in New York, which ran from 1978-1981. Early language writing can be characterised as a poetry which frequently works in terms of diminished reference, questioning language’s unequivocal claim as a finite medium of representation. The disruption of syntax, narrative and …

Citation: Williams, Nerys, Joao Guimaraes. "Charles Bernstein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2009; last revised 21 November 2019. [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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