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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 37
[ Text: from Lucas Wood review on Frankfurt School for jml [Journal of Modern Literature] / of Richter (Gerhard Richter) / The Denkbild [thought-image] / ‘between philosophic argument & / aesthetic production makes it a / privileged site for the performance of / anti-totalizing critique’ // why the performance of? // ‘a literary genre-cum-critical strategy’ // [indented lines] I like the idea of / Denkbild — I like to think / it’s what I am doing ‘here’ / or sometimes in the essays // 19 Jan 09 ]
RBD gloss: unfinished thought above: “why the performance of?” I was there, and remain suspicious of the word “performance” as a throw-away—why not simply say “site for an anti-totalizing critique”?
These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis for the University of Auckland Library. It ponders Rachel’s experiences writing in 2008 and 2009. For more of this backstory, see here. The word ‘tapa’ refers to the kind of dyed patterned cloth (made from the paper mulberry tree) shown left, and on the front cover of the notebook, an honorable practice popular in Polynesia. (See Wikipedia) Most spreads of this notebook have a blank verso (left hand page), except for 7L and 7R. Blank verso pages are not shown; usually only the recto (right hand) page is shown.