Talking English and American Literature Seminar: "Parrots – Textual Recycling in Poetry and AI"

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Via Zoom
  • Föreläsare: Peter Middleton, Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton
  • Arrangör: Engelska institutionen
  • Kontaktperson: Daniel Kane
  • Seminarium

In this talk, Middleton will cover topics as varied as parrots, artificial intelligence, erasure poetry, and the Golden Record that went out on the Voyager spacecraft in the late 1970s.

He will be discussing Srikanth Reddy’s long poem Voyager, and ideas about repetition in the work of poet Susan Howe.  Voyager is based entirely on the words of Kurt Waldheim. Its weirdness exposes many features of our contemporary moment: digital culture’s recycling of texts, developments in experimental poetry, new theories of the aesthetic, autistic activism in defence of echolalia, and growing unease about the expansion of copyright. Or, in other words, Middleton will be asking: how can we distinguish between good and bad repetition of the words of others? No special knowledge of Reddy or Howe required.

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Peter Middleton