Monday, April 8, 2013

Punctuation as Patriarchy

My first ideas: Punctuation stops the reader, forces closures, measures, enforces rules. Think of Elements of Style. Think of what is enforced in elementary schools.

I'm looking through these books, for examining the idea of punctuation as Patriarchy:

Alice Notley's The Descent of Allete
Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry"
Gertrude Stein's "On Punctuation"
Kenneth Goldsmith's "Gertrude Stein's Punctuation"
M.B. Parkes' Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West
Jennifer DeVere's Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play
Theodor Adorno's "Punctuation Marks"
Dorothy Richardson's "About Punctuation": "But in the slow, attentive reading demanded by unpunctuated texts, the faculty of hearing has its chance, is enhanced until the text speaks itself."


"A question is a question, anybody can know that a question is a  question and so why add to it the question mark when it is already  there when the question is already there in the writing. Therefore I
never could bring myself to use a question mark, I always found it positively  revolting, and now very few do use it." --Gertrude Stein

"Is a question a feminized form of the statement?" --Rachel Zucker

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