Gardener of Stars by Carla Harryman

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Carla Harryman describes GARDENER OF STARS as "an experimental novel that explores the paradise and wastelands of utopian desire." The book offers a mythic history of a post-historical city situated in a garden landscape whose inhabitants are engaged in perpetual tending, limitless generation. Their generatings and tendings take place in speculation and dream, practical and impractical invention, desire and copious sex - all facets of a politicized eros and an erotic politics. The utopia in question ("the unruly utopia of the senses that is not in conflict with the world's current") must be understood first not in terms of place but in terms of personage. M, Serena, Gardener (the eponymous heroine of the novel) are themselves utopias (as distinct from utopians) surviving in a painfully fraught (though sometimes beautiful) milieu. Negotiating this milieu, the various characters come into contact (or, more precisely, throw themselves into contact) with events that are in a ceaseless process
 

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Carla Harryman (born 1952) is an American poet, essayist, anCarla Harryman (born 1952) is an American poet, essayist, and playwright often associated with the Language poets. She td playwright often associated with the Language poets. She teaches Women's Studies and Creative Writing at Wayne State Ueaches Women's Studies and Creative Writing at Wayne State University and serves on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery niversity and serves on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. She is married to the poSchool of the Arts at Bard College. She is married to the poet Barrett Watten. Born in Orange, California, Harryman studet Barrett Watten. Born in Orange, California, Harryman studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Fied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University. In 1979, she co-founded the San Francisco State University. In 1979, she co-founded the San Francisco Poets Theater, which staged numerous experimental prancisco Poets Theater, which staged numerous experimental plays, including her Third Man and other plays. Harryman has lays, including her Third Man and other plays. Harryman has received grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporreceived grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Fund for Poetry, Opera America Next Stage Grant (wary Arts, Fund for Poetry, Opera America Next Stage Grant (with composer Erling Wold), Alexander Gerbode Foundation, andith composer Erling Wold), Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the NEA Consortium Playwrights Commission, among others. the NEA Consortium Playwrights Commission, among others.
 
Published October 11, 2001 by Atelos. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Both are gendered female and live in a city where women normally "do not sleep piled up on themselves as male captives in sloughs of despond," but who do engage in a variety of bodily trials and tribulations designed to gauge the limits of their world (i.e., of our ruined dreams of the ideal).

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