Faculty of Arts
Poetry off the Page
How do we find where poetry is in the age of new technologies and global English? If here is there at the click of a button, where do we want to go? Poetry is a performative, oral art form that has been conventionally stored in books or journals. But with the revival since the late 1950s of the poetry reading and the more recent advent of electronic media, poetry has found transmissions and opportunities for archiving that better suit its performance origins. These developments are also modifying how and what poets write the world over. We will investigate this shift and its implications for reading communities by focusing on live performance (readings in association with the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre, nzepc), the poetry archive (physical and electronic) and digital poetry (multimedia options). For their coursework, students will produce a series of critical and creative webpages and engage in collaborative live and digital exercises.
NB: enrolment is limited to 24 students, with admission on a first-come, first-enrolled basis.
Coordinator(s) Professor Michele Leggott
Recommended Reading: nzepc, Jacket, PennSound, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, poems that GO, UbuWeb
Coursework + exam
ENGLISH 347: 15.0 points
Any 30 points in English