Visual Experiment and Oral Performance

Brian M. Reed

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226657424
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226657448 | DOI:
Visual Experiment and Oral Performance

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Fields such as early modern textual studies, African American studies, and the study of avant-garde writing have proven especially good at elucidating and theorizing the persistently “multimedia” character of the art of poetry, that is, its proclivity for dissemination via a variety of different channels of communication. Revamping the field of poetics so as to make it truly nonphonocentric will likely require a thorough reassessment of many of the discipline's basic concepts, that is, as well as of its cherished literary historical narratives. Nowadays many poets have Web pages that promote the full range of their work, including everything from blogs to poem drafts to webcasts of their latest public readings. Poets, as they experiment with transmediation, serially bring to light each medium's textures, contours, and inner logic.

Keywords: avant-garde; multimedia; poetry; nonphonocentric; narratives; poem; poets

Chapter.  5433 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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