[Hum_Calendar_Events] Marjorie Perloff lecture, October 8 (please forward to humevents)

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Department of Comparative Literature

Lecture Series

"Crisis and Critique"



Marjorie Perloff

(Stanford University)


"Language in Migration:  Towards a Poetics of 

Exophonic Writing"


Thursday, October 8, 2009


348 Humanities Building


Marjorie Perloff is one of the foremost American critics of contemporary
poetry. Her work has been especially concernedwith explicating the
writing of experimental and avant-garde poets and relating it to the
major currents of modernist and, especially, postmodernist activity in
the arts, including the visual arts and cultural theory.Marjorie Perloff
teaches courses and writes on twentieth and now twenty-first century
poetry and poetics, both Anglo-American and from a Comparatist
perspective, as well as on intermedia and the visual arts. Her first
three books dealt with individual poets--Yeats, Robert Lowell, and Frank
O'Hara. She then published The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage
(1981), a book that has gone through a number of editions, and led to
her extensive exploration of avant-garde art movements in The Futurist
Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986,
new edition, 1994), and subsequent books (13 in all). Wittgenstein's
Ladder brought philosophy into the picture and Perloff has recently
published her cultural memoir The Vienna Paradox (2004), which has been
widely discussed.  Her most recent book Differentials: Poetry, Poetics,
Pedagogy won the Robert Penn Warren Prize for literary criticism in 2005
as well as Honorable Mention for the Robert Motherwell Prize of the
Dedalus Foundation.  She is a frequent reviewer for periodicals from TLS
and The Washington Post to all the major scholarly journals, and has
lectured at most major universities in the U.S. and at European, Asian,
and Latin American universities and festivals. Perloff has held
Guggenheim, NEH, and Huntington fellowships, served on the Advisory
Board of the Stanford Humanities Center, and is a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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