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Distant Reading is a dynamic account of the history, practice, and theory of poetry as performance. It argues that poetry is a cultural activity that is always situated within specific sites of performance—recited on stage, displayed in magazines, laid out on a page, scrolled on the computer screen—rather than a transcendent cloud of meaning tethered only to its words. "Middleton investigates the manifold events that are usually conglomerated together under the name of reading: interactions of voice and text, of phonology, physiology and psychology; the sociology of the poetry reading; the ways that contemporary technologies connect and disperse a poem's readership. These complexities are exactly what make poetry interesting. Distant Reading promises to be a groundbreaking study of contemporary poetry—and it's a pleasure to read."—Bob Perelman, author of The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History Peter Middleton is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and author of The Inward Gaze: Masculinity and Subjectivity in Modern Culture and Aftermath (poems).
|1||The long biography of the poem : a scene of reading||1|
|2||Poetry's oral stage||25|
|3||A history of the poetry reading||61|
|5||The line-break in everyday life||124|
|6||The new memoryism : reading poetry in the nineties||137|