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Poetic Disruptions of the Neoliberal Etiquette: The European

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This paper explores a poetic disruption of what I call the 'neoliberal etiquette': a tightly circumscribed pattern of behaviour which is produced and perpetuated by a combination of policy and discourse. It defines the relationship between human beings, the societies they live in, and their relationship to their environment, in the transactionary terms of neoliberal economism. Conversely, poetry can have the ability to violate the neoliberal etiquette and to interrupt its uncontested perpetuation of neoliberal ideology, policies and discourse. Here, I will take The European Constitution in Verse, and Xavier Queipo's participation in the project, as one example of such a disruption. My analysis will focus on the re-conceptualization of authorship and of the role of the poet in the context of collective projects, and the ramifications this has for political commitment in poetry; and on the 'trafficking of genres' (Manuel Rivas) as one stylistic device that disrupts the cohesive and seemingly impenetrable neoliberal project.


TitleXabier Queipo and the Poetics of Resistance