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Marit MacArthur, “What the #$@%*! Is (Should) A Poetry Reading (Be)? “

March 3, 2016 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm

In “What the #$@%*! Is (Should) A Poetry Reading (Be)? Poetry Performance, Meet Sound Studies” Marit MacArthur considers, What do we expect when we attend a poetry reading? What do we perceive? Why do we (mostly) sit still and listen respectfully? This talk will present research on the evolution of poetry performance in the U.S., and make a qualified argument for using empirical analysis of vocal performance styles, alongside humanistic methods of close listening and close reading. It will include a demonstration of new applications for vocal analysis and machine learning on large audio archives.

Marit MacArthur is a 2015-16 ACLS Digital Innovations Fellow, a visiting scholar in the Department of English, and an Associate Professor of English at CSU Bakersfield. She recently curated a feature in Jacket2, “(Polish) Poetry after Rozewicz,” and her article, “Monotony, the Churches of Poetry Reading, and Sound Studies” will appear in the January 2016 issue of PMLA (131.1).

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This event is sponsored by UC Davis Humanities Institute, ModLab


March 3, 2016
2:10 pm - 4:00 pm
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UC Davis Humanities Institute
(530) 752-125