Make it the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media

16 August 2019 4:00pm — 5:00pm

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 2, 2019 resumes this week with a presentation by Dr. Jacob Edmond, whose talk is entitled, “Make it the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media.” 

Dr. Edmond is an associate professor in English at the University of Otago. He is the author of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (2012), and the newly-published Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), upon which this talk is based.  He describes his subject as follows:

Poetry is associated with inimitable utterance, but poems are today increasingly made from other texts, through many forms of repetition. In this talk, I track the rise of copy poetry across media and through various cultures and languages, reading across aesthetic, linguistic, geopolitical, and technological divides, and illuminating the common form that unites a diverse range of writers from dub poets in the Caribbean to digital parodists in China, samizdat wordsmiths in Russia to Twitter-trolling provocateurs in the United States. I offer an account of modernist and contemporary literature as defined not by innovation—as in Ezra Pound’s slogan “make it new”—but by a system of continuous copying. 

The seminar meets as usual in the Castle Lecture Theatre D, at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 16 August.

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