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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.

 

Master Class

Mónica de la Torre

Online

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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“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.” Incantation, memory aid, compulsion, patterning device—just what is repetition and how does it work? Does it harmonize or disrupt meaning? What does it entail when it’s a narrative conceit or takes the form of an artistic reenactment? In this Master Class we will study different manifestations of repetition and explore a range of its uses and effects in a selection of poems, prose excerpts, and artworks. We will look at writing by authors such as Stein, Samuel Beckett, Joe Brainard, Jorge Luis Borges, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Federico García Lorca, Ana Hatherly, Harryette Mullen, Lisa Robertson, María Sabina, Wallace Stevens, Tom McCarthy, Norman Pritchard, Raymond Queneau, and Anne Waldman and also consider art dealing with repetition’s multiple valences by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Ragnar Kjartansoon, and Elaine Sturtevant. Together we will explore ways our own writing can make “something new of repetition itself.”


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

Scholarship applications have closed for this class.

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