Charles Bernstein

(2443 words)
  • Nerys Williams (University College Dublin)

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 the foregrounding …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Williams, Nerys. "Charles Bernstein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12103, accessed 28 July 2015.]


Related Groups

  1. LANGUAGE Poetry