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Eric Redling, "Translating Jazz into Poetry: From Mimesis to Metaphor."

When: Thu, Apr 09 2015 2:00pm

Where: Humanities 108

The English Department proudly sponsors the following presentation:

Literary critics tend to assume that jazz poems imitate (Gr. mimesis) the original musical source. Erik Redling challenges that assumption and demonstrates that a mimetic view of jazz poetry allows us to see only the literal imitations of jazz music (e.g., a jazz poem uses "daa da daa da" to imitate the rhythm of a jazz tune), rather than the metaphors used by jazz poets to translate the jazz music into writing. Jazz poets, for instance, refer to jazz musicians as resourceful cooks who invent "new spicy recipes" in order to metaphorically indicate the "hot" quality of their jazz music. Drawing on and expanding George Lakoff's and Mark Johnson's Conceptual Metaphor Theory as well as Gilles Fauconnier's and Mark Turner's Blending Theory, he will present a new theoretical framework that will allow for the discovery of the hitherto overlooked "metaphoric dimension" and use several jazz poems to illustrate the creative interaction of both literal and figurative perspectives.

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