Like the cosmologies of Blake and Dante or archaic creation lore, The Descent of Alette is a fully embodied universe, with its own terrain and. The Descent of Alette (Penguin Poets) [Alice Notley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Decent Of Alette is a rich odyssey of. Not the least of Alice Notley’s acute dilemmas in writing The Descent of Alette is an extreme crisis of form: the crisis of how to take on what Notley deems to be a.

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The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is a sense here of playacting with mythology, of a wandering exploration of a surreal world aeltte is at times dense with meaning, and at other times simply associative, experimental, and dreamlike. The story itself was straightforward, even a little hard to get into at the beginning.

The tyrant represents the all the sexist things in society. I also fear that this underworld has a womyn-born-womyn only policy that I would strictly oppose. The Descent of Alette.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. My first read of this book however left a generally positive reaction to the work. My reaction to reading the text: Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Best of all perhaps was the way in which the Tyrant’s death was come about, the description of ot subway as arteries and the rivers of blood that were his heart.

Nov 23, Taylor rated it it was amazing. Sep 29, Miriam marked it as to-read Shelves: That the descent’s ultimate focus is the imbalance of gender, and that imbalance has created a history of oppressive decisions made by men is something I already know. The writing was beautiful, that I admit. While I take issue with these stances, for the moment I propose to take Notley on her own terms, since I believe her Second Wave ethics lead her to experience a genuine crisis of form which, in turn, generates the radical, highly performative text of Alette.


To break and recombine reality, as dream always does do, might be something. Hated the quotation marks. I also love the idea of a subway underworld governed by a metaphorical, does-he-actually-exist-or-not?

The Descent of Alette

Endnotes are given at the end of this file. Ot persistent use of quotation marks to delineate rhythm was In “The Descent of Alette,” Alice Notley presents a feminist epic, a bold journey into the deeper realms.

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The conclusions that deecent draws, however, leave me on the outside, looking in. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Return to Book Page. Jul 27, Cheryl rated it it was amazing.

When God Was a Woman. Or if the character herself should og taken seriously in a realistic sense. All threads lead to her inevitable showdown.

The Descent of Alette

But in Book Four the opposite happened, and the tension dwindled until the very end, and the resolution somehow felt self-defeating. I found it utterly riveting. Here, the struggle for the privilege to inscribe cultural symbols as either feminine or as masculine — indeed the privilege to inscribe symbols with meaning at all — is cast in a ludic, absurdist light.

Be the first to ask a question about The Descent of Alette. Could the animator of Fantastic Planet please rise from the dead and make this into a film? I heard Alice read from this before it was published, at the Ear Inn, and elsewhere I deduct a second star for the Mother of all Mothers. May 08, C. But navigating the structure of the text is paralleled — even dwarfed — by the navigation of the story, and of the story-world.


There are many lines that are worth remembering from this book and images to pay attention to, and I applaud the author for writing such sensational poetry. She uses quotation marks in every line of every page to establish a specific rhythm in the reader’s mind.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Alice Notley creates new archetypes, and gives new jobs to old ones. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

She is an assistant editor for Verseto which she also contributes reviews. Yet it is perhaps this ambiguity that helps one bear out the otherwise exhausting persistent presence of quotation marks. I played laser tag for the first time this week.

Click on the note to be taken to it; likewise to return to the text. When the showdown comes, there is little to throw a fuss about. Tell them this book is for YOU, as much as anyone, and it’s your experience for the reading.

Want to Read saving…. Descent of Alette demands to be accepted for what it isnot for what it’s not. Instead, I began to think of words as ideas aided and abetted by images constructed of words. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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