Supplemental bibliography of new works:
Diana Taylor The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003).
Louis Cabris, Peter Quatermain, Michael Hennessey, Editors, "On Discreteness: Event and Sound in Poetry," special issue of ESC/ English Studies in Canada 33:4 (Dec. 2007) (available via Project Muse).
Stein and Waveforms, Tanya Clement
Martina Pfeiler, American Performing Poets (full full)
First recording of human voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znKNQXo58pE&feature=youtu.be
Tuesday, 1/16 at 6 PM
Brian Kim Stefans & Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Reading at Kelly Writers House
2. (Jan. 18): Roots of Lyric
•Andrew Welsh, Roots of Lyric
Stephen Ratcliffe, Campion, On Song pdf
Bernstein, "The Art of Immemorability" from The Book of the Book
Three Campion songs
Respondents: Jennifer Jahner & Brenda Haak,
2.01 (now/not now) Rime's Reasoning: Supplemental Reading
Prosody bibliography (for two items by Terry Brogan)
Gregory Nagy, Poetry as Performance and his two more recent books Homeric Questions and Homeric Responses ): Caroline Whitbeck on Nagy
Richard Cureton, Rhythmic Phrasing in English Verse
Wlad Godzich & Jeffrey Kittay, The Emergence of Prose: An Essay in Prosaics
Anthony Easthope, Poetry as Discourse (London: Methuen, 1983)
Henri Meschonnic, Critique du rythme: anthropologie historique du langage (Lagrasse: Verdier, 1982). English material on on Mechonnic is of limited value; all these availalbe via JSTOR: Meschonnic, interviewed by Gabriella Bedetti, Diacritics, Vol. 18, No. 3. (Autumn, 1988), pp. 93-111; Gabriella Bedetti, "Henri Meschonnic: Rhythm as Pure Historicity, "New Literary History, Vol. 23, No. 2, (Spring, 1992), pp. 431-450;; Meschonnic, tr. Gabriella Bedetti, "Rhyme and Life," Critical Inquiry, Vol. 15, No. 1. (Autumn, 1988), pp. 90-107.
Lawrence Kramer, Music and Poetry: the Nineteenth Century and After (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984). See also his "Rhythm Party Manifesto": pdf
Marjorie Perloff , "Lucent And Inescapable Rhythms: Metrical 'Choice' And Historical Formation"
Wesling, Donald, The Chances of Rhyme : Device and Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980)
Susan Stewart, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (note her "Letter on Sound" in Close Listening is included in this book)
Michael Golston, “Rhythm and Race in 20th century Poetry and Poetics: Pound, Williams, and Modern Sciences of Rhythm” (forthcoming, Columbia University Press): gloss
Stephen Ratcliffe, Listening to Reading
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words
Yunte Huang, Transpacific Displacement. Ethnography, Translation, and Intertextual Travel in Twentieth Century American Literature
Jerome McGann, Romantic Ideology
Thomas Patteson, The Voice in Western Music after 1950: special web project for this syllabus
3. (Jan. 25) Hart Crane (Brian Reed seminar visit)
NOTE: Wednesday, 1/24 , 6:00 PM in the KWH Arts Cafe:
A celebration of Hart Crane with Susan Howe, Samuel R. Delany, and Brian Reed
moderated by Charles Bernstein and introduced by Alice Quinn.
Note: Reed will be talking about Crane's "Repose of Rivers."
•Hart Crane, "The Bridge" (1930) & in and around the rest of his work
Recommended edition: the new Library of America Crane, which will be on sale at the Crane event. Crane's poems are also available on-line:go to LION (Literature on Line at Penn library electronic resources; when at LION home page, use the quick search on the upper left and type in "Hart Crane Bridge" [use exactly those words]); quick guide: notes for, and text of, "Cutty Sark" See also "Repose of Rivers" which Reed will discuss Wednesday.
•Brian Reed, "Hart
Crane's Victrola" in Modernism/modernity - Volume
7, Number 1, January 2000, pp. 99-125 (available via Project
THALIA FIELD: 1:30-3:00, Center for Humanities Lounge, 10th floor Gladfelter
Temple University series
Part of POETRY COMPLEX: Cross-Genre Writing, co-sponsored by Temple-Penn Poetics
Feb. 26, 7pm, Kelly Writers House
Reading by seminar participants: Shonni Enelow, Julia Bloch, Jason Zuzga, Caroline Whitbeck, & Dottie Lasky.
Tuesday, 2/27 Fred Moten
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe: Theorizing presents a lecture by Fred Moten.
8. (March 1) Close Listening
•Close Listening: Bernstein, Stewart, Andrews, and Piombino
•Close Listening introduction with vox machina: MP3 (long version) or MP3 (short version);
•Sound States: Morris's introduction and essay and Garrett Stewart
•Garrett Stewart, Reading Voices (pdf)
•Prynne, J.H., "Stars, Tigers, and The Shape of Words" (pdf)
See bibliography of Close Listening: eg Brathwaite, "History of the Voice" now collected in Roots; Henry Sayre
Martina Pfeiler, Sound of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (Tübingen: Gunter Marr Verlag Tübinben, 2003): pdf at UBU
We will begin just where we left off last week & some of the responses posted and presented, and then go on to
William Bleuer on Benjamin's "Doctrine of the Similar"
& Sueyeun Juliette Lee on Myung Mi Kim (an introduction; see below))
Caroline Whitbeck on Gregory Nagy [see section 2.01 above]
Weds., 3/14 Myung Mi Kim
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
a discussion will follow the reading
9. (March 15) Wallace Stevens / Al Filreis seminar visit
The Woman That had More Babies than That,
The Snow Man, The Plot against the Giant, The Man with the Blue Guitar (all 33 cantos), The Men That Are, Falling, Mozart 1935, Yellow Afternoon, The Auroras of Autumn, The Plain Sense of Things, The World as Meditation, Long and Sluggish Lines, A Quiet Normal Life, Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself, The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain
Note: Recommended edition of Stevens: Library of America; Stevens's poems also available via LION
•Audio: Stevens, "Idea of Order at Key West" (or RA via Academy of American Poets Stevens page) and "Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself" ; video with Steven's voice of "The Snow Man." See also Jim Andrews's fantasia on the Stevens's audio.
More Stevens audio
•Filreis, chapter 3 of Wallace Stevens and the Actual World
•Filreis, preface to Modernisms from Right to Left
Al Filreis's Wallace Stevens page
MAPS Stevens page
Filreis: Wallace Stevens and the Actual World (Reserve)
Filreis, Modernism from Right to Left: Wallace Stevens, the Thirties, and Literary Radicalism (Reserve)
7 PM in Studio 111 (3803 Walnut): a reading and conversation with Sergey Gandlevsky. I will be recording two Close Listening radio shows with the Russian poet.
Thursday, 3/22 5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe:
EMERGENCY presents a reading and discussion with writers Dodie Bellamy and Julia Bloch.
10. (March 22) The Poetry Reading
•Close Listening: Perelman, Quartermain, Rasula, Middleton, Thomas, Damon, Schultz, Silliman
•Sound States: Perloff, Conner, Miller & McHoul, Hayles, Davidson, Rasula
Peter Middleton and Nickey Marsh, 'Blasts of Language': Changes in Oral Poetics in Britain Since 1965 (2006) Repondent: Brenda Haak
Middleton, How to Read a Reading of a Written Poem (2005) Respondent: Dottie Lasky
•Michael Davidson, 'By ear, he sd': Audio-Tapes and Contemporary Criticism (1981)
•PennSound: selected audio files
Peter Middleton, Distant Reading (University of Alabama Press, 2005); see review by Brian McHale in Contemporary Literature 47:3 (2006) via Project Muse.
Jerome Rothenberg, "How We Came into Performance"
March 24, 6pm: reading launch for EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts, Issue Three: Queering Language ROBIN'S BOOKSTORE 108 S. 13th St. Philadelphia. Readers include:Dodie Bellamy, Kyle Conner, CAConrad, Jim Cory, Sarah Dowling, Maria Fama, Chris Gullo, hassen, Mytili Jagannathan, Anne Kaier, Candace Kaucher, Erica Kaufman, Kevin Killian, Janet Mason, Cathleen Miller, Ashraf Osman, Tim Peterson, Stephen Potter, Sina Queyras, Jason Zuzga
11 (March 29) Sound Reproduction and Performance Study
•Bernstein, "Making Audio Visible" (link to Frank Lambert Talking Clock discussed in essay)
____, "Hearing Voices" (2006 MLA lecture)
•Tedlock, Ch. 7 of The Spoken Word (pdf, psswed req.)
•Ken Sherwood, Elaborate Versionings: Characteristics of Emergent Performance in Three Print/Oral/ Aural Poet
•Case study: Stein's "If I Told Him" in line-segmented mark-up (under construction)
•Steve Evans, Lipstick of Noise: see, especially, his waveform analyses of Bromige, Robertson, Rich, Mac Low, & Lyons Respondent: Steve McLaughlin
•Tsur, from ‘Kubla Khan’ – Poetic Structure, Hypnotic Quality, and Cognitive (short excerpt)
Please also quickly scan, if time does not permit close study, so that you get a sense of Tsur's project:
•Tsur, Phonetic Cues and Dramatic Function Artistic Recitation of Metered Speech (alt. site for same essay)
•Tsur, Poetic Rhythm: Structure and Performance (note link to full book below)
Style (Amsterdam/Philadelphia ; John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 39-44
•PennSound: selected audio files
Benjamn, "The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproduction"(1935-1938) ["Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit" (Harry Zohn translation from Illuminations); alternate pdf file of essay; recommended: new translation of 2nd version of the essay in Harvard edition, vol. 3
______ "The Task of the Translator"
Reuven Tsur on the web
Tsur, Poetic Rhythm: Structure and Performance — An Empirical Study in Cognitive Poetics (full book)
Friedrich Kittler, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter
Jonathan Sterne, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003)
Douglas Kahn and Gregory Whitehead, ed., Wireless Imagination: sound, radio and the avant-garde (MIT Press, 1992).
Allen S. Weiss, Experimental Sound and Radio (MIT, 2000)
Yopie Prins, "Voice Inverse, Victorian Poetry" 42.1 (2004) (via Project Muse)
Temple University series
Weds., April 4, 3:00-4:30, Weigley Room, 9th floor Gladfelter
Part of POETRY COMPLEX: Cross-Genre Writing, co-sponsored by Temple-Penn Poetics Drucker's lecture the next day, on the book as a writing space, conflicts with the seminar.
12. (April 5) Sound Poetry
•Steve McCaffery in Close Listening
Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), ""Ur Sonata": both sound file and score
Respondent: Shonni Enelow on Artaud, theater and/or Dada.
Bob Cobbing: on UBU, RadioRadio program 7 and 16 ; audio files from Penn exhibition, if available. Respondent: Matthew Abess
Steve McCaffery: Cappucino (2:01) (ra file); from Carnival, Panel 2 (5:36) (Carnivocal, 1999) (plus: Carnival text at Coach House); Carnival, Panel 1 (21:33) (Buffalo, 1997)
Four Hourseman Respondent: Sarah Dowling (& on Canadian Sound poetry)
Bernard Heidseick, for example "Canal Street"
Christian Bok -- Studio 111 performance, esp. 1, 4, 6, 7 (including another Hugo Ball)
Caroline Bergvall's "About Face" & Chaucer etc
Henri Chopin, Fresque de l'Impalapable voix (1990)
François Dufrêne, "Batteries vocales, Crirythme" (1958)
Christian Prigent, "Orgasm" (1998)
Enrst Jandl; also on UBU.
Further Recommended Listening:
EPC Sound Poetry Index:
Steve McCaffery, "Sound Poetry -- A Survey" & the nichol and McCaffery Sound Poetry: A Catalog
Douglas Kahn, Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT, 2001)
Gerald Bruns, The Material of Poetry: Sketches for a Philosophical Poetics ( The University of Georgia Press, 2004)
Kurt Schwitters, Poems, performance pieces, proses, plays, poetics; edited & translated by Jerome Rothenberg & Pierre Joris
For these two sessions, participants are asked to revisit one of the readings or raise a question for discussion, bring up a related but unexplored topic, present a close listening to a specific sound work, or (most likely) sketch their current plans for a final project (paper, web site, recording, essay, exhibition, performance).
An earlier version of ths seminar was given in 2000 with composer and scholar Jeffrey Stadelman. That syllbus has many citations that focus on musical settings of poetry and other related musical issues.
(April 19) Last Class
These sessions are left open to schedule participant presentations (esp.) and to resechedule discussions for which there was inadequate time. It had been my plan to do some close listenings to Harreyette Mullen, Louis Zukofsky, Hugh MacDiarmid, Basil Bunting, Mina Loy, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Charles Olson, Leslie Scalapino, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, H.D., Woody Guithrie's "talking" pieces, David Antin, and others. Perhaps these suggestions might be taken up in final projects.
from Pitch of Poetry:
11. (April 7) Sound
note these pdfs in protected file:
Simon Ortiz, Song, Poetry and Language-Expression ane Perception