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Make It the Same: The Work of Poetry in the Age of Global Media

Poetry—an art form associated with the singular, inimitable utterance—is increasingly made from other texts through sampling, appropriation, translation, remediation, performance, and other forms of repetition. I track the rise of this copy poetry across media from the tape recorder to the computer and through various cultures and languages, reading across aesthetic, linguistic, geopolitical, and technological divides.

Jacob Edmond's talk illuminates 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. This common form suggests an alternative 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.

About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is an associate professor in English at the University of Otago. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019) and A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012).

Make It the Same book cover image
The cover of Jacob's book 'Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media'.

Date Friday, 16 August 2019
Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Open Seminar
Public Lecture
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics
LocationCastle D seminar room
Contact NamePaul Tankard

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