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Archive for April 2012

Ezra Pound, Noh Theater, and Submission

Posted by dsherman on 30th April 2012

Carrie Preston from Boston University tells her story of reckoning with American poet Ezra Pound's Cantos, several of which he wrote while incarcerated.  These poems eventually take her to Japan to study Noh Theater.  What do we do with Pound's demanding poetry and fascist politics?  Where can we learn something from submission, and where can't we?

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Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction

Posted by dsherman on 30th April 2012

Laura Tanner from Boston College talks about literary and artistic responses to the highly mediated, spectacle-quality experience of 9/11.  She focuses on Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man to ask about the authenticity of the experiences we have through screens.  What kinds of experiences are real in a digital age?  What kinds of emotional reactions to screen-experiences are legitimate?

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