How might a public dialogue between three modernist poets in 1978—about poetry written in the 1930s and 1940s—remain relevant to thinking about the conditions of Canadian literature today? Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, and Irving Layton, as we have explored in Take 1 and Take 2, examine the shifting relationships between politics, nation, and poetry that are foundational to understandings of what constitutes ‘modernism’ in Canada during these periods.
This post is the second of a three-part series by Teddie Brock, all based on a 1978 panel discussion with Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, and Irving Layton, as recorded on audio preserved at the Simon Fraser University Archives. Check back on SPOKENWEBLOG for the next installment of this close listening to the archives as they […]
LIVESAY: “But in the 30s there were absolutely no readings… I—we were much too embarrassed or shy even to read to each other. Everything was the printed word. And that is why the magazine was such an important thing… Poets were working together to produce a magazine, and to try and get an audience for […]
Audio of the week, ShortCuts, SPOKENWEBLOG | Anne Marriott, audio archives, canadian literature, canadian poetry, Dorothy Livesay, Irving Layton, literary modernism, little magazines, modernism, print culture, Simon Fraser University
ShortCuts on SPOKENWEBLOG is a series of critical commentaries about short clips selected from audio collections across the SpokenWeb network. This post introduces a three-part series by Teddie Brock, all based on a 1978 panel discussion with Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, and Irving Layton, as recorded on audio preserved at the Simon Fraser University Archives. […]
ShortCuts, SPOKENWEBLOG | 1930s, 1940s, archival audio, archive, canadian poetry, candida rifkind, Dorothy Livesay, f.r. scott, literary history, modernism, performance, Poetry Reading, sandra djwa, ShortCuts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Heritage Writers' Festival
Introduction This article emerged from the “feminist close listening” methodology we devised together during a collaborative listening session in Montreal, December, 2017. We began the practice of listening to recordings together, in real time, as a way of attuning ourselves to the related inquiries that our archives of interest shared. For Karis, this archive is […]
Article, Collaborations, SPOKENWEBLOG | affective labour, archives, artifacts, audio, close listening, community, Deanna Fong, feminist close listening, gender, Karis Shearer, literary communities, maria hindmarch, no more potlucks, poetry, Simon Fraser University, TISH, UBC, Vancouver, Warren Tallman
From Trash to Treasure – Collection Thinking: Using, Moving, Holding. A Talk at SFU by Jason Camlot and Linda Morra — Mar 08, 2022 (Events)
In this talk, editors Jason Camlot (Professor and CURC, Concordia University) and Linda M. Morra (Farley Visiting Scholar) speak about Collection Thinking: Using, Moving, Holding (Routledge, forthcoming 2022, with Dr. Martha Langford), a volume designed to examine the communities and institutions involved in collecting practices in their various forms.
Members of the SpokenWeb network will be participating in the Archival Research: Best-Practices workshop at hosted at Simon Fraser University for students of this institution.
In this ShortCuts blog post, podcast producers Kate Moffatt, Kandice Sharren, and Michelle Levy have selected an audio clip from a Mavis Gallant’s reading in which she spontaneously provides contextual information during her reading, and they have reflected upon how the experience of a ‘footnote’ can differ in print and audio formats.
Clint Burnham, Deanna Fong, Linara Kolosov, and Teddie Brock The following pieces expand upon oral responses given at the SpokenWeb event “From Reel to Reel: Animating the Archive” on February 11, 2021. The cultural object at the heart of this discussion was the poem “Mayakovsky,” performed by the Canadian avant-garde sound collective The Four Horsemen. […]
SpokenWebPod Listening Party – Mavis Gallant, Part 2: The ‘Paratexts’ of “Grippes and Poche” at SFU — Jun 07, 2021 (Events)
We dive into what we’re calling the “paratexts” of the reading: the material and contextual circumstances that informed Gallant’s performance. These include an unrecorded and unarchived event that took place the day before; questions about the audience; the theatre; and the physical tape itself. We interview Ann Cowan-Buitenhuis and Carolyn Tate, who attended and contributed to the organization of the two events, and talk to Grazia Merler, a professor at SFU and friend of Gallant’s at the time of the reading. Their contributions provided both memories and facts not captured by the archival remains of the reading.