Stephen Ross is associate professor of English at Concordia University and coeditor of Modernism/modernity. He is the author of Invisible Terrain: John Ashbery and the Aesthetics of Nature (OUP, 2017) and coeditor with Alys Moody of Global Modernists on Modernism: An Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2020).
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Epistemic Injustice and CA Conrad’s (Soma)tics
This essay thinks the confluence of two concepts, epistemic injustice and poetic dictation, in the work of CA Conrad. Epistemic injustice is a concept invented by the analytic feminist philosopher Miranda Fricker that concerns forms of harm people suffer in their capacity as knowers. Poets, since Plato, have been seen as precarious subjects of knowledge. My wager is that Conrad critically redeems Plato’s degraded model of the poet – as an ignorant mineral body magnetized by a lodestone – not by refusing it but by literalizing it. In doing so, Conrad’s “(Soma)tic rituals” rhapsodically expose violence inherent to the field of social knowing.