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Dr Rebecca KosickBA Hons(Mich.), MA(Chic.), MA(C'nell), PhD(C'nell)

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Rebecca Kosick

Dr Rebecca KosickBA Hons(Mich.), MA(Chic.), MA(C'nell), PhD(C'nell)

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My research is interested in how poetry intersects with the visual arts and other media. I focus on the 20th century and contemporary periods and examine intellectual, aesthetic, and translational exchanges in the American hemisphere, and between the Americas and the UK. I have published on such topics as the relationship between participatory poetry and conceptual art in Brazil, the material aspects of translation, and inventive forms of Chilean poetry such as artist books and postcard poems. I am co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute and co-investigator of a project involving collaborative writing between poets and mathematicians (Spring 2019).

I am currently working on two book projects. The first, Material Poetics in Hemispheric America: Words and Objects 1950-2010, develops novel theoretical approaches to understanding poetic objects, language, and matter. In conversation with object-oriented ontology and new materialism, this project investigates poetry that combines textual and material elements (including work by Ferreira Gullar, Ronald Johnson, and Anne Carson). It builds a theory of American material poetics through studies that posit the poetic object as autonomous, relational, assembled, architectural, and posthuman. The second project, Multiverses: Multilingual and Multimedia Poetry in Anglo-America, 1970-today, lays out an expanded definition of poetic multilingualism—one that includes spoken languages but also languages that are visual, material, and mathematical. It aims to reorient the axis of Anglo-American literary comparison away from the English language alone and to explore how poetry builds connections with extra-poetic modes of communication (with case studies that include Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña's collaborations with Scottish poet Edwin Morgan; the Devon-based Beau Geste Press, founded by Mexican artists Martha Hellion and Felipe Ehrenberg; and the Cuban publishing collective, Ediciones Vigía.) Other forthcoming work includes studies of mail art and postal poetry by Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky and Detroit publisher The Alternative Press.

I have a background as a poet and translator, and have worked closely with art historians and practicing artists. My research is invested in hybrid creative-critical ways of learning and communicating.

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