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CinepoetryImaginary Cinemas in French Poetry$
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Christophe Wall-Romana

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245482

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245482.001.0001

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Postlyricism and the Movie Program

Postlyricism and the Movie Program

From Jarry to Alferi

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(p.258) (p.259) Chapter Nine Postlyricism and the Movie Program
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Cinepoetry
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Christophe Wall-Romana

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245482.003.0010

The chapter argues that one of the lasting imprints of silent film culture on poetry was the movie program: a heterogeneous assemblage of newsreels, comic and fiction films, both short and long footage. Key modernist poets influenced by cinema such as Pierre Reverdy and Max Jacob re-problematized the question of the prose poem and the poem collection based in large part on differing attitudes vis-à-vis the movie program. Through discussions of Walter Benjamin's readings of Baudelaire's collection Les Fleurs du mal, and illustrations of movie programs in cinepoem sets by Jacob, Jarry, Segalen, Hillel-Erlanger, Dugas and Alferi, which respectively refract films by the Lumière bros., Méliès and television/cable programs, the chapter shows the continuing poetic productivity of assemblages of moving image works.

Keywords:   Movie program, George Méliès, Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire, Alfred Jarry, Irène Hillel-Erlanger, Marcel Dugas, Pierre Alferi

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