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Guide to the Rae Armantrout Papers, circa 1970-2001 M.1211
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Description
The collection documents Rae Armantrout's writing career from the 1970's through 2001.
Background
The poet and essayist Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California on 13 April 1947 and grew up in San Diego. Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, she later received a Master's degree in creative writing at San Francisco State University in 1975. Armantrout is the author of many books, including, among others, Extremities (1978), The Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985) Necroromance (1991), Made to Seem (1995), Writing the Plot about Sets (1998), True (a memoir, 1998), The Pretext (2001), Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001), Up to Speed (2004), and Next Life (2007). A founding member of the West Coast "Language Poetry" movement, Armantrout worked closely with a dynamic group of writers including Ron Silliman, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Steve Benson, Barret Watten, Tom Mandel, and Carla Harryman. Although Language poetry can be seen as advocating a poetics of nonreferentiality, Armantrout's work, focusing as it often does on the local and the domestic, resists such definitions. Internationally known, Armantrout's work has been the subject of numerous essays (some of which are gathered in A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout, a collection dedicated to her work), and an entry in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (vol. 193). Currently, she teaches at the University of California, San Diego.
Extent
10.5 Linear feet (21 manuscript boxes, 1 half box)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
The collection is open for research, except box 22, which is closed until 2021.