Mónica de la Torre | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, April 21, 2022

“No Such Thing as Repetition”: The Poetics of Repetition

In “Portraits and Repetitions,” Gertrude Stein asks: “A thing that seems to be exactly the same thing may seem to be a repetition but is it.” Just what is repetition and how does it work? In this interdisciplinary master class we will study repetition’s different manifestations, ranging from incantation to structuring device intended to harmonize or disrupt meaning, and from conceit (in the case of copying and reenactments) to narrative through line and plot device. We will look at writing by such authors as Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Harryette Mullen, Lisa Robertson, María Sabina, Tom McCarthy, Evie Shockley, and others; and also consider music, film, and art dealing with repetition’s multiple valences. And together we will explore ways our own writing can make “something new of repetition itself.”

Mónica de la Torre is the author of The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling), Public Domain (Roof), and Talk Shows (Switchback); as well as two books in Spanish published in Mexico City, where she was born and raised. Her translation of Defensa del ídolo (Defense of the Idol), the sole book of poetry by the Chilean modernist Omar Cáceres, was published in 2018 by Ugly Duckling. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

Course Schedule
Thursday, April 21, 2022
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
1 session
Online on Zoom

A limited number of scholarships will be offered for this Master Class. To apply, please email megan@apublicspace.org with the subject “Mónica de la Torre Master Class Scholarship Application” 1) a short statement outlining your interest in this class, and how a scholarship would benefit you as a writer or a reader; and 2) a short bio. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Cost: $85.00

Online, Zoom
United States



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