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Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg, "Poems and Scenes from the Anthropocene"
This will be a 15-20 minute presentation of the book Electronic Literature, forthcoming from Polity in November 2018. The presentation will focus on connections between experimental traditions in print and forms of electronic literature such as poetry generators and hypertext fiction. It will consider the place of electronic literature in the landscape of contemporary creative writing programs and will include a reading of some short passages from the book. About the book: Electronic Literature considers new forms and genres of writing that exploit the capabilities of computers and networks – literature that would not be possible without the contemporary digital context.In this book, Rettberg places the most significant genres of electronic literature in historical, technological, and cultural contexts. These include hypertext fiction, combinatory poetics, interactive fiction (and other game-based digital literary work), kinetic and interactive poetry, and networked writing based on our collective experience of the Internet. Rettberg argues that electronic literature demands to be read both through the lens of experimental literary practices dating back to the early twentieth century and through the specificities of the technology and software used to produce the work. “Electronic Literature demonstrates rare common sense and an encyclopedic knowledge of works, theory, contexts, and criticism. This is a significant and important book by the field’s founder that will be the definitive work on electronic literature now and for many years to come.” --Katherine Hayles, Duke University

Judith Goldman, "Extinction Sinks: Theorizing Media, Nihilism, and Care in 21C African American Poetry"
This brief talk will consider Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead (2017) and Claudia Rankine’s Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004) in light of these works’ historical material theorizing around the entwinement of media, affect, power, and race. Smith’s book opens with a long poem that performatively tropes on age-old graveyard technologies of address and reanimation, connecting site-specific epitaphs to indefinitely, virtually circulating hashtags, death-markers of social media bearing names of black men murdered by police. As this visionary poem critiques and reinvents socio-political mechanics around lyric deixis, what emerges is a utopian zone beyond life and death: a space congruent to undead textuality itself and an “impossible,” paradisical realm of a black homosociality relations of care and love, beyond policing, capture, and necropolitics. Rankine’s book portrays how mass media, namely television, contributes to the prevalent phenomena in which African Americans function as sinks or depositories for the negative affect of whites, becoming in turn both targets of paranoiac rage as well as subjects of depression so profound it effaces the distinction between life and death. The radical disavowal of this racial affective labor is brilliantly anatomized by Rankine in part through her portrayal of how psychopharmaceuticals are prescribed to annul racial nihilism, as a form of medicalized socio-political repression/erasure that masquerades as care.

Valerie Sayers, "Apocalypse, Ho! A Genre Mash-up and Choral Reading"
If futurist fiction's the new realism, what's an innovative writer to do? I propose a multi-media choral reading of my apocalyptic cowpoke prose sonnet, "Our Last Stand," a genre mash-up that pulverizes high and low, poetry and prose, the sacred and the profane, ex-pat queer Irish-Americans and their adopted country (an island suspiciously resembling Ireland). Gerard Manley Hopkins meets Kevin Barry! Sodom meets Gomorrah! Sublime meets ridiculous! Set in a too-near future when climate change renders temperate zones the sites of droughts, floods, and fights to the death, "Our Last Stand" will appear in the fall 2018 issue of Agni and is a recent addition to my cycle of fictions set in the future but finding new forms to bypass "realist" futurism. "Our Last Stand" is constructed, like any self-respecting prose sonnet, in fourteen short parts. Because the narrator, Tommy, so frequently invokes a collective first-person plural voice, I plan to read with a chorus of pre-recorded voices, with an accompanying visual background that combines video footage and graphic elements (including lines from Hopkins and Barry). The story's under three thousand words and reads in twenty minutes; with introductory remarks, the entire presentation will total twenty-five minutes. The only equipment needed is standard video/sound projection.




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Judith Goldman

Poetics Program, Dept. of English, University of Buffalo (SUNY)
Judith Goldman is the author of Vocoder (Roof), Deathstar/Rico-chet (O Books), l.b.; or, catenaries (Krupskaya), and agon (The Operating System). Her current project _______ Mt. [blank mount]: "Mont Blanc" + Mont Blanc / light + color / grieving Earth writes through past futures and... Read More →
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Scott Rettberg

University of Bergen
Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown... Read More →
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Valerie Sayers

University of Notre Dame
Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, most recently The Powers, and hundreds of stories, essays, and reviews. Winner of an NEA and two Pushcart Prizes, she teaches in the Creative Writing Program and English Department at Notre Dame, where she founded the Notre Dame Review... Read More →


Saturday October 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
119 DeBartolo Hall

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