“Queer Troublemakers: The Poetics of Flippancy” by Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain— Poetry and the Troublemaker

Bussey-Chamberlain, Prudence. “Queer Troublemakers: The Poetics of Flippancy”, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

Poetry and the Troublemaker

Amos Lassen

The “queer troublemaker” seem to have been with us since the beginning of time and as yet remains so. He/She/They is irreverent and provoking and a disruptive force both poetically and politically. Prudence Bussy-Chamberlain traces the genealogy of this figure in modern avant-garde American poetry through innovative close readings of the works of Gertrude Stein, Frank O’Hara, Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson. She explores how these writers play with identity, gender, sexuality and genre and constructs a queer poetics of flippancy that can “subvert ideas of success and failure, affect and affectation, performance and performativity, poetry and being.”

Table of Contents:

List of Figures


Table ofContents

1 The Poetics of Flippancy 
2 He Cannot Understand Women. I Can’: Gertrude Stein and the Camp Butch 
3 ‘There’s Nothing Metaphysical About It’: Frank O’Hara’s Flippant Manifesto and the Poetry of Tight Trousers
4 ‘Who Are These Idiots Writing These Poems?’: Eileen Myles’ Pornographic Tone and Mutable Categories 
5 ‘Was Harry a Woman? Was I a Straight Lady?’: Tensions of Heternormativity, Assimilation and the Second Person




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