Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond
Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual
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$85.00 Hardcover, 388 pp.
Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond is an interdisciplinary collection that gathers the work of scholars and performance practitioners who together explore questions about the oral, written, and visual. The book includes the voices of oral performance practitioners, while the scholarship of many of the academic contributors is informed by their participation in oral storytelling, whether as poets, singers, or visual artists. Its contributions address the politics and ethics of the utterance and text: textualizing orature and orality, simulations of the oral, the poetics of performance, and reconstructions of the oral.
About Susan Gingell, and Wendy Roy
Susan Gingell teaches and researches decolonizing and transnational literatures at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the editor of two volumes in The Collected Works of E.J. Pratt and of “Textualizing Orature and Orality,” a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing (#83).Wendy Roy is an associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published a book on women’s travel writing in Canada, Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel (2005), as well as essays on writers Margaret Laurence and Carol Shields, among others.
“The essays in this collection cut boldly across disciplinary boundaries as they explore, from a myriad of perspectives—some familiar, some startlingly unfamiliar—the deep, fundamental connections that exist among the oral, verbal, and visual arts. As innovative as they are provocative, and as illuminating as they are engaging, the wide-ranging essays gathered here individually and collectively invite the reader to join in a polyphonous, multi-media conversation/sensory experience. Gingell and Roy deserve our thanks for putting together a volume that not only reflects the vibrancy, and diversity of oral studies in Canada, but opens numerous windows onto the richness of the many traditions considered in the collection. This volume is certain to change the way we look at and think about the dynamic interconnectivity of the oral, the written, and other verbal and visual media.”
— Mark C. Amodio, Vassar College, New York, author of Writing the Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics and Literate Culture in Medieval England
“This collection breaks important new ground in the use of ‘orality and literacy’ approaches to discourse and poetics. Particularly valuable is its constant integration of scholarly criticism and theory with creative practice, theoretical reflection with lived experiences of performance and artifact. The Introduction offers a memorable set of clarifications, highly sympathetic to the demands of creative practice, around the theory of orality and literacy, while the chapters bring Gingell and Roy’s exposition of the themes to an extremely rich and varied range of applications.”
— Tom Clark, Victoria University (Melbourne), author of Stay on Message: Poetry and Truthfulness in Political Speech (2012)
“The essays in Susan Gingell’s and Wendy Roy’s Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond shake [the] simplistic binary [of the oral/written divide] to its very core, theorizing the inevitable interdependency of sound, sign, sight, and site.... Often employing language alive with poetic energy, what I will term the essays within Listening Up trouble the sensory depletion expected of standard academic prose while exploring ‘three thematic arcs: performance poetics, print textualizations of the oral, and the place of visual culture at the oral-written interface’.... Multimodal movement ... occurs with disarming and delightful frequency in the essays that coalesce to make Listening Up an extraordinarily valuable addition to the study of orality, performance poetry, textualization, and multisensory embodied experience.”
— Sam McKegney, Queen’s University, Chimo