Soundings in Context

Poetry's Embodiments

Edited by Judith Goldman & James Maynard

Subjects: Literary Criticism, Poetry, Medieval Studies
Series: The University at Buffalo Robert Creeley Lectures in Poetry and Poetics
Hardcover : 9781438497556, 178 pages, May 2024
Paperback : 9781438497563, 178 pages, May 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-05-01
Expected to ship: 2024-05-01

Alternative formats available from:

Renowned poets and scholars address the question of how poetry sounds and signifies in different contexts.

Description

Soundings in Context brings together the second and third University at Buffalo Robert Creeley Lectures in Poetry and Poetics by the renowned literary and textual scholar Jerome McGann, and the innovative, prolific Canadian poet, essayist, and novelist Lisa Robertson, respectively. The volume's first half presents McGann's "Reading (I Mean Articulating) Poetry, a Multi-Player Game," with responses by Nikolaus Wasmoen and Steve McCaffery; the second presents Lisa Robertson's "Dous Chantar: Refrain for a Nightingale," with responses by Shannon Maguire and Liz Howard. Initially given at different moments and since revised, the pieces considered in the lectures range widely, moving from the Romantics and medieval troubadour poetry to T. S. Eliot, Jackson Mac Low, Jacques Rouboud, and far beyond. Still, they are collectively concerned with questions of voice, recitation, and reception in different contexts; with sonic patterning and its modes of significance; and with foregrounding an embodied experience of oral and written language as opposed to its interpretation. McGann, Robertson, and their interlocutors all propose affective, pragmatic approaches to poetry that allow it to surface as materially formative, alive and lived. Reading their contributions together offers an opportunity to see how these values present themselves in differing cultures of poetic scenography across space and time.

Judith Goldman is Associate Professor and Director of the Poetics Program in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the author of l.b.; or, catenaries and agon, among other books. James Maynard is Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His publications include an edition of Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose and Robert Duncan and the Pragmatist Sublime.