Wide Rime: A Troubadour Poetics Workshop with Lisa Robertson

19 March 2017

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A Workshop with Lisa Robertson

Sunday 19 March 2017 1:00-5:00 PM
CSI Building, Alterna Room, 215 Spadina Avenue

This workshop is limited to 18 students.

Taking as our guides the avant-garde of the 12th Century— the troubadour poets —(as well as a few of their more recent interpreters, translators and critics) we’ll read, discuss and think together, considering the relevance of the beginning of European lyric poetry to the practice at present. I remain unconvinced by the overly-hasty and overtly ideological declarations of lyric’s end-times, and I’m seeking an historical energy and precedent that keeps the lyric open to new thinking.

My interest in this poetry is 3-fold:

FIRST: the question of the innovation of form is at the forefront of the troubadour poets’ thinking and craft

SECOND: there’s the seizing-upon of vernacular dialect, in its mixed-up variousness, and the consequent political implications of that speaking

THIRD: there’s the deeply compelling status of the existing troubadour poems as artifacts that conceal a spectrum of suppressed inter-subjective values otherwise lost to western thinking and collective life, let alone to poetry.

In fact, we can consider troubadour poems as still-bountiful factories of values secretly working outside the systems of capital and state governance.

A reading package will be distributed to students prior to the workshop. Two texts will need to be tracked down by students: Paul Blackburn’s Proensa: An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry (recently reissued by NYRB Books) and “On The Refrain” from 1000 Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari.

This workshop is limited to 18 students.


Price: $125.00


Lisa Robertson has just published her 9th book of poetry, 3 Summers, with Coach House Books. She lives in a village in the Vienne region of France, and works as a freelance teacher, lecturer and art-writer. She’s taught in a visiting capacity in many institutions across Europe, Canada and the USA — Kootenay School of Writing, Princeton University, SFU, University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, the Banff Centre, American University of Paris, California College of the Arts, University of Chicago, Piet Zwart Institute, etc. — but remains resolutely freelance. Her critical essays on art, architecture, literature and philosophy have been published by BookThug (Nilling, 2012) and Coach House (Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture, 2003).

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