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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, Word, Image, Object: On the Matter of Poetics in Hemispheric America, develops novel theoretical approaches to understanding poetic objects, language, and matter. In conversation with object-oriented ontology and new materialism, this project investigates  poetry from 1950 to the present that combines textual and material elements (including work by Ferreira Gullar, Ronald Johnson, and Anne Carson). It builds a theory of American material poetics out of examples that would appear, at first, to be de-centered—largely produced outside the assumed geographic centers of aesthetic thought and outside dominant models of American poetics of the era. 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 Cecilia Vicuña's collaborations with Edwin Morgan; the Devon-based Beau Geste Press, founded by Mexican artists Martha Hellion and Felipe Ehrenberg; and the Cuban publishing collective, Ediciones Vigía.)

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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