Date(s) - Thursday, 02/01/2018
Paul Jaussen will discuss his recently published book Writing in Real Time: Emergent Poetics from Whitman to the Digital (Cambridge University Press, 2017). From Walt Whitman to the contemporary period, the long poem has been one of the more dynamic, intricate, and yet challenging literary practices of modernity. Addressing those challenges, Writing in Real Time combines systems theory, literary history, and recent debates in poetics to interpret a broad range of American long poems as emergent systems, capable of adaptation and transformation in response to environmental change. Due to these emergent properties, the long poem performs essential cultural work, offering a unique experience of history that remains valuable for our rapidly transforming digital age.
“This extraordinary book shows us exactly how the dynamics of the long poem enable the form, in Ezra Pound’s phrase, to ‘include history.’ Jaussen develops a suite of basic concepts that make possible revelatory readings of key works, and a new understanding of modern poetry’s most ambitious project.” Michael Clune, Case Western Reserve University
Learn more from the publisher here.