Friday, 3 February 2012

Do “Lyric” and “Scholarship” Belong Together?

Anita Lahey tracks down a new genre:
"A successful piece of lyric scholarship might read more like a poem than an essay, or a combination of the two, but it will be as firmly grounded in scholarly investigation as a traditional argumentative essay. It aims not just to convey an idea, but to embody it. Jan Zwicky is a well-known West Coast poet and philosopher, whose 1992 tome Lyric Philosophy has become a bible of sorts for the rising generation of lyric scholars. She prefers the term 'lyric thought,'which she describes as 'a model of thought that seeks coherence.' "

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