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Award-winning Nisga'a poet Jordan Abel's second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited , maps the terrain of the public domain to create a layered investigation of the interconnections between language and land.

Abel constructed the book's source text by compiling in their entirety ninety-one western novels found on the website Project Gutenberg, an online archive of works whose copyright has expired. Using his word processor's Ctrl-F function, he searched the compilation for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, and ownership. Each search query represents a study in context (How was this word deployed? What surrounded it? What is left over once that word is removed?) accumulating toward a representation of the public domain as a discoverable and inhabitable body of land.

Featuring a text by independent curator Kathleen Ritter - the first piece of scholarship on Abel's work - Un/inhabited reminds us of the power of language as material and invites us to reflect on what is present in the empty space when we see nothing.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Project Space Press : Talonbooks, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780889229228
Characteristics: 1 volume (various pagings) ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ritter, Kathleen
Alternative Title: Uninhabited


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Apr 02, 2018

A "work of art," meant to be looked at, not read. Only a PhD supervisor could love this work.

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