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Circling the Canon, Volume II

The Selected Book Reviews of Marjorie Perloff, 1995–2017
By Marjorie Perloff
Edited by David Jonathan Bayot



One of our most important contemporary critics, Marjorie Perloff has been a widely published and influential reviewer, especially of poetry and poetics, for over fifty years. Circling the Canon, Volume II focuses on the second half of her prolific career, showcasing reviews from 1995 through her 2017 reconsiderations of Jonathan Culler’s theory of the lyric and William Empson’s classic Seven Types of Ambiguity. In this volume Perloff provides insight into the twenty-first-century literary landscape, from revaluations of its leading poets and translations of European poetry from Goethe to the Brazilian Noigandres group and interart studies and performance art. Key issues of the past few decades, such as the controversy over the role and function of poetry anthologies, receive extended treatment, and Perloff frequently voices a minority view, as in the case of the acclaimed British poet Philip Larkin.

Contributor Bios
Marjorie Perloff is the author and editor of twenty books, including Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy and 21st-Century Modernism: The “New" Poetics. She is a Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities emerita at Stanford University.
David Jonathan Bayot is the coauthor or editor of twenty-two books, including Marjorie Perloff’s Poetics in a New Key: Interviews and Essays and Deconstruction After All: Reflections and Conversations. He is the Go Kim Pah Professor of Chinese Literature at De La Salle University and the executive publisher of De La Salle University Publishing House.