Narrowcast: Poetry and Audio Research

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Narrowcast explores how mid-century American poets associated with the New Left mobilized tape recording as a new form of sonic field research even as they themselves were being subjected to tape-based surveillance. Media theorists tend to understand audio recording as a technique for separating bodies from sounds, but this book listens closely to tape's embedded information, offering a counterintuitive site-specific account of 1960s poetic recordings. Arguing that CIA and FBI "researchers" shared unexpected terrain not only with poets, but with famous theorists such as Fredric Jameson and Hayden White. Author, Lytle Shaw reframes the status of tape recordings in postwar poetics and challenges notions of how tape might be understood as a mode of evidence. Join us to reflect on the project with the book's author and other featured panelists.

Julie Beth Napolin
Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, The New School

David Grubbs
Professor of Music, Brooklyn College

J. Martin Daughtry
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology & Sound Studies, NYU

Lytle Shaw
Author, Professor of English, NYU

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