Hypodermic Light

The Poetry of Philip Lamantia and the Question of Surrealism

by Steven Frattali (Author)
Monographs V, 144 Pages
Series: Studies in Modern Poetry, Volume 15


Hypodermic Light: The Poetry of Philip Lamantia and the Question of Surrealism is the first examination of the American surrealist poet Philip Lamantia, who was associated with the Beats and the San Francisco Renaissance, and attempts to theorize the nature of surrealism in literature. Surrealism is seen as a continually excessive style that through a relentless pressing of analogy, allows both similarity and difference to appear. This book draws upon the earlier Levinas, Bataille, Alphonso Lingis, Deleuze, and Merleau-Ponty.


V, 144
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. V, 144 pp.

Biographical notes

Steven Frattali (Author)

The Author: Steven Frattali is Associate Professor at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Person, Place, and World: A Late-Modern Reading of Robert Frost (2002).


Title: Hypodermic Light