Talk:Kathy Acker

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Notes[edit]

--Modemx 16:42, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC) Added some notes so people can get an idea of Acker's literary style and themes. I'ts not much use talking about a writer if you don't get an idea of how they wrote.

What's the best work to start out on by Kathy Acker? If anyone knows email me at Canadian_Lynx2002[at]yahoo[dot]com or just post here.

Feminist?[edit]

--looceefir 23:15, 14 March 2006 (UTC) If anyone is reading this discussion page, I'd like to raise the question of how casually Acker is referred to as a 'feminist'. She frequently denied involvement with any feminist movement, which isn't to say that she shouldn't be referred to using this label. I think the opening: Kathy Acker was an American sex-positive feminist writer sounds horrid. It also creates an immediate impression of Acker that I feel is misleading. I'd suggest that the use of 'feminist' be qualified, or at the very least that 'sex-positive feminism' should be shifted out of the first sentence. I'll check the history for what has been used previously, but I think one of the many configurations of 'post-punk post-feminist post-porn' could be used instead.

French Feminists[edit]

--Trilonaut The entry says she was influenced by "the French feminists". Names? Links? All of the men who are listed as influences are named and linked. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.99.32.7 (talk) 18:13, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

References and headings[edit]

This page begs citations and the introduction of more headings or subheadings. As soon as I find time, I'd like to work on those, and any hand in the effort would be greatly appreciated! Cheers! --Chuchunezumi 04:21, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Great! I'm reviewing a book of essays by Acker originally published by Serpent's Tail which contains statements by her clarifying the bio quite a bit. At the moment we're often posting the myth here-- and that's important too-- but the real woman deserves to make a larger appearance. There's also a sad tradition in which the mainstream media assigns an avant garde writer to whichever name they manage to recognize in your bio. The most famous names (Burroughs, Warhol) collect everyone's disciples that way. Preparing classes right now pre-semester but then will get a chance to write. G. Leonard. August 16, 2006.

Potential sources[edit]

Just a heads up, these are all broken links —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.253.93.40 (talk) 23:01, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

good point, but these URLs could be looked up at archive.org.--Larrybob (talk) 06:15, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Personal life[edit]

I note that basic biographical information is missing, such as her education, her two marriages, her education, and her family. It's not hard to find, but I'm too close to want to add it myself (she was, for a short time, my sister-in-law.) [1] is a good start. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 23:39, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Marriages[edit]

She married twice, and divorced twice -- do we count annulments (in general) when we say "divorced"? One of her marriages was annulled after barely a month, if I recall correctly. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 02:42, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Birthdate[edit]

The page states she was born in 1947, but this site says she was born in 1945, and The Journal of Postmodern Culture places her birth at 1948. Can we verify the correct date? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.103.227.186 (talk) 14:44, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Use of term "Plagiarism"[edit]

I noticed in the article on Kathy Acker that when she samples or borrows text from other literary works that this is somehow called Plagiarism. Whoever claims that this is somehow Plagiarism does not know that this is how Kathy Acker writes and she called this sampling and was NOT plagiarizing because she was explicit in naming the actual source of the literary text that she borrowed/sampled the text from. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.162.251.116 (talk) 07:08, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

I agree that calling Acker's work plagiarism, which is only what her strongest critics might claim, isn't accurate. What Acker did was more appropriately called appropriation (art). Everyone one knows where she's deriving her texts from and she directly acknowledged it. If she was trying to pass of other's work as her own, then she would be considered a plagiarist, but that's simply not the case. I made the edits and added some context as to what she was trying to accomplish with it.Modemx (talk) 15:26, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Moving to by century sub-cats[edit]

The fact that the by-century sub-cats of Category:American novelists have not been subdivided by gender or ethnicity makes the problems that have cuased some to complain about the set-up of Category:American novelists to be a lot less likely to be manifested there.John Pack Lambert (talk) 19:59, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Biography Section: Extremely Problematic[edit]

I'm rather disappointed in the biography section which seems to focus on how Acker "felt," rather than the facts. If we want to use Kathy's own observations on her childhood, etc, it should be quoted and cited. Does everyone agree? Edit-editor-editing (talk) 13:52, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Philosophical influence[edit]

From the entry: "She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, French critical theory, philosophy and pornography."

Any kind of philosophy in particular or just philosophy in general? Rissa, copy editor (talk) 03:17, 21 September 2014 (UTC)