Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond is an interdisciplinary collection that gathers the work of scholars and performance practitioners who together explore questions about the oral, written, and visual. The book includes the voices of oral performance practitioners, while the scholarship of many of the academic contributors is informed by their participation in oral storytelling, whether as poets, singers, or visual artists. Its contributions address the politics and ethics of the utterance and text: textualizing orature and orality, simulations of the oral, the poetics of performance, and reconstructions of the oral.
Susan Gingell teaches and researches decolonizing and transnational literatures at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the editor of two volumes in The Collected Works of E.J. Pratt and of aTextualizing Orature and Orality,a a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing (#83). Wendy Roy is an associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published a book on womenas travel writing in Canada, Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel (2005), as well as essays on writers Margaret Laurence and Carol Shields, among others.
Introduction; Opening the Door to Transdisciplinary, Multimodal Communication; Bring Da Noise: The Poetics of Performance, chez d'bi young & Oni Joseph; Poetry Performances on the Page & Stage: Insights from Slam; Poetry & Overturned Cars: Why Performance Poetry Can't Be Studied (and Why We Should Study It Anyway); Echohomonymy: A Poetics of Ethos, Eros, & Erasure; Dialect Poetry & the Need for Performance: The Case of William Barnes; The Speech-Music Continuum; Writing Down: Textualized Orature & Orality; Writing & Rapping for a New South Africa: The Poetry of Lesego Rampolokeng; The Ballad as Site of Rebellion: Orality, Gender, & the Granuaile Aislingi; "The Power & the Paradox" of the Spoken Story: Challenges to the Tyranny of the Written in Contemporary Canadian Fiction; What's In a Frame?: The Significance of Relational Word Bundles in Louise Bernice Halfe's Blue Marrow; Towards an "Open Field": The Ethics of the Encounter in Life Lived Like a Story; Becoming the Storyteller: Meaning-Making in Our Age of Resistance; Re-si(gh)ting the Storyteller in Textualized Orature: Photographs in The Days of Augusta; Traditionalizing Modernity & Sound Identity in Neal McLeod's Writing of the Oral?; A Nexus of Connections: Acts of Recovery, Acts of Resistance in Native Palimpsest; Index.