English 143B

Verse: Poetry and the Poetics of Sound, Voice, & Performance


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2011 Goldman, Judith
Goldman, Judith
Tues. 3:30-6:30 103 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Scott, Jordan: Blert; Bergvall, Caroline: Meddle English; Toscano, Rodrigo: Collapsible Poetics Theater; Mullen, Harryette: Recyclopeida; there will also be a course reader and/or texts posted electronically.

Description

In this course, we’ll work towards new understandings of sound, of the human voice and voicing, of language’s relationship to the voice and to its own sonic dimensions, and of the ways in which visual and musical and other sonic media exploit and implicate the voice and language. This intensive exploration of sound, voice, and language will in turn enable students to create sonically sensitive writing and performance.

Topics/modes on the way to creating this work include: theorizing the ontology of sound and the conditions of hearing and listening; defining and critiquing distinctions among noise, sound, music, and voice (understanding relations between sonic orders and social-political-psychic orders); studying and troubling the metaphysical and phenomenological foundations of voice, in part in relation to theories of lyric poetry; studying the sonic materiality of language through phonetics, prosody, and rhyme, by working intensively on selected poems and songs; considering the sonic effects of repetition and refrain and the capacity of the verbal to represent sounds outside of language; thinking through accent, polymorphous Englishes, multi-lingual works, and creative translation; exploring the relationship between the textual page/visual score and oral performance; examining film sound and acoustic aspects of visual art; learning about historical and contemporary performance poetries and related forms (like poet’s theater and film narration).

Course requirements: For workshop, students will write creative (and sometimes brief critical) responses to a wide variety of creative and critical texts and will perform and (learn how to) record their work. While we will engage with assigned prompts related to the course materials, students will also workshop their own independently conceived work. Everyone will write for every class, before and during class, individually and/or collaboratively. Students will have reading and listening homework for every session and should have access to the internet for retrieving texts, streaming audio files, and posting their work before class so that other students can read/listen to and comment on it.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Professor Goldman's mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 19th, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

Other Recent Sections of This Course

fall, 2022

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spring, 2022

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fall, 2021

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spring, 2021

143B/1

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Verse: The Migratory Ear: Listening as a Generative Strategy

fall, 2020

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spring, 2020

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143B/2

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