Reasons to Kill a Poet

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2021-04
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en
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12
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COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
Abstract
Conceived as a word/image essay, Reasons to Kill a Poet takes a critical look at how creativity and its derivatives are being mobilized as key concepts of neoliberalism, functioning to repress forms of oppositional creativity through structures of discursive, and embodied, policing and punishment. At the same time, counter-hegemonic “creativity” persists, and the essay foregrounds particular exemplary works by writers, including Chilean musician and poet Victor Jara, Estadio Chile (1973); US-based Black journalist, writer and activist Mumia Abu Jamal, Teetering on the Brink: Between Life and Death (1991); and Ugandan queer activist, researcher, and poet Stella Nyanzi, No Roses from My Mouth (2020) These writings are juxtaposed with visual images to create a third space between word and image, and elicit historical resonances on such questions as What is the relationship between social and artistic critique and experimentation? How are their creativities conceived, posited and enacted as anti-capitalist and anti-governmental formations? What threat does radical creative work pose to the common sense of any period, but particularly to the forms of authoritarian impunity that characterize the neo-liberal present?
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arts-based research, neoliberal governmentality, decolonization, creative
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Bratton , C & Benfield , D M 2021 , ' Reasons to Kill a Poet ' , Comunicazioni Sociali . https://doi.org/10.26350/001200_000121