This workshop will introduce participants to SpokenWeb’s Oral Literary History protocol, with special emphasis on conducting provenance and informational interviews. We will also engage in a more general discussion of Oral Literary History and its ethics, methods, and outcomes. All levels of experience are welcome to attend.
In this session, we will listen and read together, to reflect on the transformative potential of the letters. As we engage them in dialogic exchange, we will consider their aesthetic and political aims, their affective prowess, and their radical status as poetry.
This listening practice prompts participants to reflect on the notion of “listening positionality,” as described in Dylan Robinson’s book Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies
SpokenWeb Co-Investigator Al Filreis (University of Pennsylvania) will play performances of two poems, Anne Waldman’s “Rogue State” and Erica Hunt’s “Broken English,” for participants. Following the poems, Al will guide participants through an open discussion of the performances and how we can talk about sound when the text being discussed isn’t a sound poem.
In this listening practice, Julie Funk will introduce Literary Machine Listening (LML) as a pedagogical technique for the literary analysis of sound.
For this Virtual Ghost Reading, we will collectively listen to excerpts from the recording of Canadian poet Margaret Avison’s reading from her book The Winter Sun, and we will listen on the same day that the reading took place in Montreal on Wednesday January 27, 1967.
Demo and Feedback Session on Drift and Gentle with Marit MacArthur (UC Davis) — Nov 20, 2020 (Events)
The session will (re)acquaint network members with the functions of both Drift and Gentle while demonstrating some updates to the user interface. Following the workshop, attendees will be invited to give feedback on the interface and discuss user-centric needs for the tools’ interface.
Listening to Vocal Production: SpokenWeb Through Lomax’s Cantometrics This week, Sean will lead participants in a guided session on the topic of vocal production in literary audio recordings. Drawing on the work of renowned ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and song-collector Alan Lomax (1915-2002), we will listen to vocal production in literary audio performances through the lens of […]
Adjusting the Book Launch to COVID19 In September 2020, and with the restrictions COVID19 placed on book launches and book tours, Klara du Plessis organized a series of 6-person, outdoor, and distanced discussions to celebrate her second poetry collection, Hell Light Flesh. Each discussion centered around a series of similar passages from the new book, along […]
Black Noise: Poetics of Afro-Congregation If dispersal created the Afro-diaspora, then who do we become when we are gathered? This SpokenWeb Listening Practice session will feature early thoughts on how Black creators across poetry, music, and performance have explored the soundscapes of congregated Blackness, from the hold of the slave ship to contemporary uprisings in […]