Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

00: Turning to the first page

This thesis was born from a longstanding interest in the materiality of language and, more precisely, that of poetry. These introductory remarks trace the inception of that journey.

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01: A Survey of Materiality in Literature

Mallarmé’s famous dictum: ‘All earthly existence must ultimately be contained in a book’ is the starting point for a three-part analysis of materiality, one applied to his Le Livre.

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02: A Few Ways to Skin a Poem

This chapter draws upon the work of Huisman, Riffaterre and Perloff to establish the material basis of poetry. Above all, it is a genre that is visual and semiotically ungrammatical.

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03: Poetry, Interaction, Interface

Having established a material basis for poetry, I outline a model for its material expression as a language object, one that draws heavily on the work of Arakawa and Gins.

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04: Closing the Codex, Opening Ideas

These concluding remarks draw out the key threads of this thesis. They distill its overall essence and propose a basis from which a critical assessment of material poems might proceed.

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05: Bibliography

This research draws together an eclectic range of readings, ranging from communications theory through to contemporary poetics. All texts referenced in the thesis are listed here.

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