The Program

Congress Event

Technologies of orature


Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:45 - 12:00


Clearihue Building - A127

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Jenny SharpeIn this keynote talk, Jenny Sharpe addresses Kamau Brathwaite’s innovative merging of Afro-Caribbean cosmologies with computer technologies through what he calls “cosmological/ pebbular interfaces.” Brathwaite’s expression of a new poetics through female spirits that inhabit the margins of his Macintosh computer reveals the animism and wildness of a print culture identified with civilized Europe. Her talk presents his poetics and the female-gendering of his spirit world alongside Erna Brodber’s experimental novel, Louisiana, which also depicts female spirits as taking up residence in a machine.

With funding support from the Federation.