Winter 2015 Reading Group
Our Winter 2015 reading groups are dedicated to workshopping the work of poets and panelists who are participating in the 2015 spring symposium, "Creative/Critical Inquiries." Four workshops are scheduled for reading and discussing the materials distributed by these Poetry & Politics members who are crafting creative and/or critical work for the symposium: January 29 (10 a.m.), February 13 (2 p.m.), February 26 (10 a.m.), and March 13 (2 p.m.). Humanities 1, room 300.
Fall 2014 Reading Group
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
For this member-led reading group, we will read an essay by Orhan Kocak, scholar of modern Turkish poetry and primary translator of Adorno, as well as selections from a mid-twentieth-century experimental poetic movement called the "Second New."
Orhan Kocak, "'Our Master the Novice': On the Catastrophic Births of Modern Turkish Poetry," in South Atlantic Quartlery 102 (2003).
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In anticipation of our fall event, a talk and reading with Maragaret Ronda (UC Davis), we will read selections of poetry and essays that provide the critical context for Ronda's talk. This meeting will encourage interdisciplinary conversations at the intersection of poetics, political theory, and ecology.
Lorine Niedecker, Collected Works (selections). Ed. Jenny Penberthy. University of California Press, 2002.
Lynn Keller, "Beyond Imagining, Imagining Beyond." PMLA 127.3 (May 2012): 579-585.
Rob Nixon, "Introduction" from Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Harvard University Press, 2013.
Tobias Menely and Margaret Ronda, "Red Ecology." Prismatic Ecologies. Ed. Jeffrey Cohen. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
Spring 2014 Reading Group
Friday, May 9, 2014
A member-directed meeting on the topics of eco-criticism and eco-poetics.
Juliana Spahr, Well Then There Now (selections)
Austin Smith, "Can Poetry Save the Earth?"
Margaret Ronda, "Mourning and Melancholia in the Anthropocene"
Winter 2014 Reading Group
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
As a follow-up to Kristin Ross's recent talk at UCSC, "Notes on the 'Cellular Regime of Nationality': Internationalism and the Paris Commune," this meeting will explore one of Ross's earlier articles that became integrated into her text The Emergence of Social Space.
Kristin Ross, "Rimbaud and the Resistance to Work." Representations, No. 19 (Summer 1987), pp. 62-86.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This meeting will be a space for Poetry & Politics members to connect before the winter symposium, "Politics of the Digital." We will reflect on the material we read together in the fall, and symposium panelists will have the opportunity to engage in an open discussion about their papers in progress. While discussing selections from Johanna Drucker's work (listed below), we will continue to explore the relevance of our conversations to our theoretical frameworks and to our daily praxis. Humanities 1, room 300, 4 - 6 p.m.
Johanna Drucker, "Humanities 'Tools' in Digital Environments." Digital Humanities Conference, Stanford University (2010).
Drucker, "Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing." The Los Angeles Review of Books (Jan. 2014).
Drucker, Diagrammatic Writing. 2013.
Drucker, "Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display." Culture and Machine 12: Special issue, "The Digital Humanities, Beyond Computing" (2011).
Fall 2013 Reading Group
Poetry & Politics will meet four times in the fall quarter. After an introductory meeting, we will gather around a common set of texts at three subsequent reading group meetings. Each reading group takes as its focus the problematics that will be discussed at each of the three panels in our winter symposium, "Politics of the Digital," a multi-disciplinary event featuring a keynote from Johanna Drucker.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
At this introductory meeting, we will share snacks, discuss the upcoming symposium event, and decide the reading lists for and format of the upcoming three reading group meetings. Humanities 1, room 300 at noon.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Drawing from selections of Johanna Drucker's work, the first reading group spotlights the topics relevant to Panel One: Textual and Visual Technologies—Pre-Histories of a Digital Era. Humanities 1, room 620, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Starred entries (**) denote priority readings.
**"Entity to Event: From a Mechanistic to a Probabilistic Approach to Materiality." Parallax 53 (Dec. 2009): 7-17.
**From A to Z. Chased Press, 1977. [See also the Project Statement for the artist's book.]
"Letterpress Language: Typography as a Medium for the Visual Representation of Language." Leonardo 17.1 (1984). [Access to PDF requires library log-in.]
"Graphesis: Visual Knowledge Production and Representation." PAJ 2.1 (2010).
The Word Made Flesh. Druckwerk, 1989.
"Metaphor Taking Shape: The Poetics of Book Space." Bienecke Museum, Yale University, March 2008.
"Quantum Leap: Beyond Literal Materiality." Looking Closer 5. Allworth Press, 2006: 26-31.
"Offset: The Work of Mechanical Art in the Age of Electronic (Re)production." Figuring the Word. Granary Books, 1998: 184-191.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Continuing our discussion of Drucker's works, the second reading group focuses on the central problematics of Panel Two: Digital Practice and Database Aesthetics. Humanities 1, room 620, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Starred entries (**) indicate priority readings.
**Stochastic Poetics. Granary Books, 2012. [See also the Project Statement.]
**"Reading Interface." PMLA 128.1 (January 2013): 213-220. [Access requires library log-in.]
**"Graphic Devices: Narration and Navigation." Narrative 16.2 (May 2008): 121-139.
SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing. University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Selections: Introduction (xi-xix)
Chapter 1.1: "From Digital Humanities to Speculative Computing" (1-18)
Chapter 1.2: "Speculative Computing: Basic Principles and Essential Distinctions" (19-30)
Chapter 3.2: "Intimations of (Im)materiality: Text as Code in the Electronic Environment" (145-164)
Chapter 3.5: "Digital Aesthetics and Critical Opposition" (189-195)
"Nano-Graphology and Models of Digital Writing as Notation, Inscription, Trace, Code, and Attitude." Beyond the Margins. Cambridge School of Art, 2009.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The final reading group meeting of the quarter will highlight the key topics and debates relevant to Panel Three: Neoliberalism and the Digital Future. Humanities 1, room 620, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Starred entries (**) indicate priority readings.
**Johanna Drucker, Anne Burdick, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp, Digital_Humanities. MIT Press, 2012.
Selections: **"Humanities to Digital Humanities" (1-26)
"The Social Life of the Digital Humanities (75-98)
**Calvin Bedient, "Against Conceptualism: Defending the Poetry of Affect." The Boston Review. 24 July 2013.
**Kent Johnson, "Notes on Safe Conceptualisms." Lana Turner. 26 April 2013.
**Kevin Carey, "Embrace the New Freedom: Technology, Not Tenure." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 29 July 2013.
Johanna Drucker, "The Crux of Conceptualism." Conceptual Art. Ed. Michael Corris. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Johanna Drucker, "Experimental/ Visual/ Concrete." Figuring the Word. Granary Books, 1998: 110-136.