By investigating the relationship between acoustical technologies and twentieth-century experimental poetics, this collection, with an accompanying compact disc, aims to 'turn up the volume' on printed works and rethink the way we read, hear, and talk about literary texts composed after telephones, phonographs, radios, loudspeakers, microphones, and tape recorders became facts of everyday life.
The collection's twelve essays focus on earplay in texts by James Joyce, Ezra Pound, H.D., Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, Bob Kaufman, Robert Duncan, and Kamau Brathwaite and in performances by John Cage, Caribbean DJ-poets, and Cecil Taylor. From the early twentieth-century soundscapes of Futurist and Dadaist 'sonosphers' to Henri Chopin's electroacoustical audio-poames, the authors argue, these states of sound make bold but wavering statements--statements held only partially in check by meaning.
The contributors are Loretta Collins, James A. Connor, Michael Davidson, N. Katherine Hayles, Nathaniel Mackey, Steve McCaffery, Alec McHoul, Toby Miller, Adalaide Morris, Fred Moten, Marjorie Perloff, Jed Rasula, and Garrett Stewart.
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"A first-rate contribution to the ongoing reformulation of our understanding of what literature means, or is becoming, in a world saturated by audio technology. From the enlightening introduction by Adalaide Morris to the extensive discography and bibliographies in the back, Sound States will undoubtedly spur productive debate and research."-- Stanford Humanities Review
Adalaide Morris is professor of English and chair of the English department at the University of Iowa.
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Book Description The University of North Caroli, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110807823643