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From the intersection of pain and hope: poetic disruptions of the neoliberal etiquette in public letters

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Publication date11/2012
Host publicationNon-lyric discourses in contemporary poetry
EditorsBurghard Baltrusch, Isaac Lourido
Place of PublicationMunich
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages19
ISBN (print)9783899752892
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article looks at poetic language in public letters which disrupt the 'neoliberal etiquette', a pattern of behaviours and of language which hold in place neoliberal hegemony. The article engages Ramon Jakobson's notion of 'poeticity' with Paulo Freire's theorization of thought and action in the 'true word', and draws out the affinities between Freire and the Neo-Zapatistas. The analysis focuses on disruptions of the 'phantom language' which is the result of a structural preference for language that disrupts the relationship between 'the word', reality and experience; and on the constitution of resistant subjectivities through the use of the 'true word'.