JEF is delighted to announce the publication of our newest, beautiful full-cloth hardcover title, Experimental Literature: A Collection of Statements edited by Jeffrey R Di Leo and Warren Motte! In Experimental Literature: A Collection of Statements thirty-four writers and critics reflect upon how literature puts itself to the test in an effort to make itself new. Those reflections assume very different shapes, and each approaches the question from a different angle. There are formalist readings here, and historicist readings; some contributors consider the politics of literature, others focus upon aesthetics; some statements deal with national traditions or periods, others are more synchronist. There are pieces on French theater, the Russian avant-garde, and performance in West Africa. There are meditations on poetry as a daily practice, on experiment as a way of knowing, on the restlessness of liminal spaces, and on the incommensurate dimensions of dream and reality. Each contribution is fueled by the notion that literature works best when it is willing to interrogate its own premises. Both individually and collectively, these analyses display an extraordinary mobility, one that does justice to the dynamism of experimental literature itself. Each essay engages its readers actively and thoughtfully, inviting us to participate in a conversation about literature’s horizon of possibility, about what literature is and can be. Robert Coover, arguably the most distinguished living American experimentalist, contributes an afterword to this volume.
And for a very limited time, when you purchase the new JEF title, you get a very rare bonus! We finally finished our move from our facility in Menifee, California, and much to our delight, when we looked at what we had, we discovered an entire box of one of our first titles, Arthur Winfield Knight’s The Darkness Starts Up Where You Stand, the third Depth Charge publication ever, only printed in a limited run of 200 copies. We will include a copy of this rare early JEF/Depth Charge book to anyone who orders a copy of the new Experimental Literature: A Collection of Statements title. You can see how JEF has grown firsthand, and you will be one of the very few to own this rare JEF title, long unavailable.
As usual, if you have any questions about our titles, please contact Eckhard at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve been told he’s a vampire and keeps long hours, so you should hear back from him pretty soon, perhaps during the gloaming!