Conceptual Poetry and the Question of Emotion

The Literatures of Modernity Distinguished Speakers Series

Conceptual Poetry and the Question of Emotion with Marjorie Perloff.

Thursday February 13, 2014
Ryerson University
Jorgenson Hall JOR 1402
5:00- 7:00 PM

Poetry is usually equated with lyric poetry, with the expressive utterance of an individual subject that “speaks” to a sympathetic readership. But suppose the text is a “plagiarized” or recycled version of other texts? Can such appropriative poetry satisfy the emotional demand of the audience or is it mere game-playing, mere intellectual exercise? Using examples from the work of Kenneth Goldsmith and Vanessa Place, from the Brazilian poet André Vallias’s TRAKLTRAKT and from Christian Marclay’s THE CLOCK, Perloff argues that contemporary conceptual poetry can generate powerful emotions.