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Bruno, Cosima (2017) 'Breaking Language Down: Taiwan Sound Poetry and its Ways of Saying.' Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 43 (2). pp. 33-56.

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This paper explores the appearance and rapid development of a genre that crosses the boundaries between art, music, drama, and literature, and that is being variously called "sound poetry" (聲音詩 shengyin shi), "language art" (語言藝術 yuyan yishu), or "text-sound art" (文本聲音藝術 wenben shengyin yishu). I argue that Taiwan sound poetry develops as an alternative genre to Chinese poetic tradition, forging a disorienting aesthetics that is disruptive of conventional ideas of artistic quality. I conceptualize this phenomenon in its unique history and politics, extrapolating some key features that include: a poetics that strives not for semantic extension or enrichment, but that radically aims at "semantic abjection"; intervention in Taiwan language politics and translingual context, through its contribution to a "culture of the ear"; a shift of attention from textual semantics to performance with audience/users' participation; strategic denial of a genealogy rooted in the Chinese tradition, with sound poets' pronouncements about their poetics as being an entirely Western import; double nature as local, Sinophone, and global.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 17298792
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 08:29

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