'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science

By Christian Bök

'Pataphysics, the pseudoscience imagined through Alfred Jarry, has up to now, due to its educational frivolity and airtight perversity, attracted little or no scholarly or serious inquiry, and but it has encouraged a century of experimentation. Tracing where of 'pataphysics within the courting among technology and poetry, Christian Bök indicates it really is basic to the character of the postmodern, and considers the paintings of Alfred Jarry and its impression on others.

A lengthy past due serious examine an important pressure of the twentieth-century avant-garde, 'Pataphysics: The Poetics of Imaginary technology increases very important old, cultural, and theoretical matters germane to the construction and reception of poetry, the methods we expect approximately, write, and skim it, and the kinds of claims it makes upon our knowing.

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