IRWGS Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
20/21 Colloquium of the Department of English and Comparative Literature
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
This talk explores how poetry—an art form associated with the singular, inimitable utterance—is increasingly made from other texts through sampling, appropriation, translation, remediation, and performance. It 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, analyzing the works of such writers as Kamau Brathwaite, Dmitri Prigov, Yi Sha 伊沙, Hsia Yü 夏宇, and Tan Lin.
Associate Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand
Author of Make It the Same: Poetry in an Age of Global Media (Columbia UP, 2019) and A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham UP, 2012)