Engl. /Ling. Friday Seminar, 23 August: 2 English Postgrad presentations (Beth Chapman, Nat Moore)

23 August 2019 4:00pm

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 2, 2019 continues this week with presentations by two Otago English postgrad students, Beth Chapman and Nat Moore, both of whose work is supervised by Jacob Edmond.

Beth Chapman’s talk is called, "Animal Languages: Interspecies Entanglement in the Works of Clarice Lispector and Jorie Graham.”  She describes her subject as follows: 

Using theories and principles from the emergent field of Animal Studies, Beth will investigate the representation of animal figures in the works of Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector and American poet, Jorie Graham. 

Nat Moore's talk is entitled, "Machines Made out of Words and Word Made out of Machines: Machine-generated Lyric Poetry.”  He describes his talk as follows:

In 1944 William Carlos Williams wrote that a “poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words.” Williams’s aphorism might seem metaphorical but the contemporary relationship between machines and poetry is much less figurative. In this talk I will explore how a computer might make a poem.

The seminar meets as usual in the Castle Lecture Theatre D, at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 23 August.  

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