“Riot.Strike.Poetry: The Balance of Forces in 1967” (09.26.2016), a talk by Joshua Clover, followed by poetry reading with Jean-Marie Gleize

“Riot.Strike.Poetry: The Balance of Forces in 1967”

a talk by Joshua CLOVER (UC Davis)Clover with Marx and beard

Tuesday 27 September 2016, 6:30pm

Fondation des Etats-Unis, Bibliothèque
15 Boulevard Jourdan,
75014 Paris
(RER Cité Université / Tram Cité Universitaire)


The talk will be followed by a poetry reading (7:30pm) with

Joshua CLOVER and Jean-Marie GLEIZE


Joshua CLOVER is a Professor of English Literature and Comparative Literature at University of California Davis. He is the author of three books of poetry and three of cultural history and theory. His latest books are the poetry collection Red Epic (Commune Editions 2015) and Riot. Strike. Riot, a book on the political economy of social struggles (Verso 2016). He has been translated into ten languages; recent or forthcoming articles appear in Critical Inquiry and Representations. He organized the international “Revolution and/or Poetry” conference with Christopher Chen and Juliana Spahr and has collaborated with Jasper Bernes, Tim Kreiner, Wendy Trevino, Abigail Lang, Els Moors, Chris Nealon, Michael Szalay, Sarah Posman, Annie McClanahan, and others. He is a founding editor of Commune Editions (communeeditions.com)

Joshua Clover est professeur invité à l’université Paris-Diderot en septembre 2016.

Jean-Marie GLEIZE, poursuit depuis Léman une méditation en prose (« prose en prose », « post-poésie ») qui prend la forme d’une enquête, investigation narrative discontinue (littérale, documentaire) à partir de traces ou données matérielles, images (photographie, polaroïd, vidéo) ou textes. Cet ensemble de livres, est organisé en un cycle (sept volumes publiés à ce jour dans la collection Fiction & Cie aux éditions du Seuil). Professeur émérite de littérature à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon où il a été responsable du Centre d’Etudes Poétiques de 1999 à 2009. A dirigé les collections NIOK (éditions Al Dante) et « Signes » (ENS éditions), et créé la revue NIOQUES qu’il anime depuis 1990.

Dernières publications : Film à venir, Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie, 2007, Sorties, Questions Théoriques 2009, Tarnac, un acte préparatoire, Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie 2011,Tarnac, a preparatory act, translated by J.Clover, Chicago, Kenning Editions, 2014, Éd. Correspondance Francis Ponge/Albert Camus, Gallimard, 2014, Sorties(réimpression) éd. Questions théoriques, 2014, Les Callunes, La Sétérée, 2014, Le livre des cabanes, , Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie, 2015. Littéralité, éditions Questions théoriques, 2015

Poets and Critics 2016.2 Johanna Drucker Symposium Recordings


Thursday 2 June, afternoon session, Université Paris Diderot.


Friday 3 June, morning session, Université Paris Diderot.


Friday 3 June, afternoon session, Université Paris Diderot.

Johanna Drucker: Literary Tactics and Themes in the Books

Following the last day of the symposium, Johanna Drucker was kind enough to send us a list of books and notes to her books, thus providing us with new points of entry into her work.

JD: Literary tactics and themes in the books

Works self-referentially about language:

1976: Twenty-six ’76 (found, overheard, narrative, and meta-descriptive commentary all from a trip to Los Angeles; each page is a slice through that time-sequence)

1977: From A to Z (inventory of poetical styles and approaches to composition)

1978: Experience of the Medium (language terms/visual terms defined in a system)

1981: Dolls of the Spirit (focus on prepositions as transformative, images of objects that are transformative)
1983: Tongues: A Parent Language (procedural work from linguistic text)

1983: Just As (challenge of designatory and descriptive language)

1983: Against Fiction (pendant to Just As addressing the conventions of fiction)

1986: Through Light and the Alphabet (typographic fugue on linguistic polyvalence)

1987: Bookscape (impossibility of fit of literary form to contemporary life/landscape)

1989: The Word Made Flesh (graphically scored text about materiality to flatten planes of reference and discourse together)

1989: Sample Dialogue with Emily McVarish (typographic inflection in dialogue)

1993: Deterring Discourse (impossibility of language’s being able to speak the real)

1996: The Current Line (as in, political line, and also, news/reporting)

1997: Prove Before Laying (emergence of figure of language from potential of alphabet/font constraint)

2010: Wittgenstein’s Gallery (actually produced in 1989; editioned in 2010)

2010-12: Stochastic Poetics (figure of poetics emerging within the field of noise culture)

2014: Diagrammatic Writing (semantics of format)


Feminist works about the narrative conventions of women’s lives:

1989-90: History of the/my Wor(l)d (official history reworked and orthodox feminist theory challenged)

1990: Simulant Portrait (ghost written autobiography of a simulant based on genre fiction)

1994: Narratology (the stories according to which we constructed our lives as real/lived)

2002: A Girl’s Life, with Susan Bee (engagement with the “pink” magazines)

2003: Damaged Spring, Druckwerk

2006: Testament of Women (rethinking moral lessons of old testament tales)

2015: Fabulas Feminae, with Susan Bee, profiles of renowned women


Works of compression in figurative/associative prose:

1972: Dark: The Bat Elf (sui generis erotic juvenilia, but filled with figurative language)

1975: As No Storm (figurative, dense prose)

1977: Surprize Party (figurative prose)

1979: Kidz (punk-ish poem piece)

1980: Jane Goes Out with the Scouts (suggestive poetics)

1980: ‘S Crap ‘S Ample (poem portrait)

1993: Otherspace with Brad Freeman (about emergent sentience/perception of “other” worlds)

1994: Three Early Fictions, Potes and Poets Press

1995: Dark Decade

1999: Nova Reperta with Brad Freeman (modernity, vision, and contemporary world)

2000: Emerging Sentience, with Brad Freeman

2000: Night Crawlers on the Web

2007: From Now

2009: ComboMeals


1977: Fragile (selected poems, writings, from 1970-73)

1978: Netherland: How (so) Far (account, poetic line)

1980: Italy (an account, telegraphic)

2000: Quantum

2006: CUBA (account, telegraphic)