Carrie J. Noland
Professor of French
Affiliate Faculty, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Faculty, Anthropology
|Twentieth-century French literature, avant-garde, poetry & poetics, critical theory, dance and performance studies|
|Agency and Embodiment|
|Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement|
|I am honored to have received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities; the Camargo Foundation; the American Philosophical Society; the American Council of Learned Societies; the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; and the Clark Art Institute/Oakley Center.|
My undergraduate courses focus on 19th- and 20th-century French literature and art, especially avant-garde movements (Dada, Surrealism, Negritude). I like to situate literary and artistic works in their historical contexts: the novel and the rise of a consumer society in 19th-century France; poetry and the blossoming of technology at the beginning of the 20th; Francophone Caribbean writing and the crisis of colonialism in the 1960s. My most recent undergraduate courses focus on the city of Paris as a center for artistic invention against a backdrop of revolution, war, and social change.
Graduate seminars tend to focus on writers and theorists who have helped shape our understanding of the relationship between art and society, such as Marx, Rimbaud, Césaire, Bataille, Artaud, Adorno, Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, and Jacques Rancière. Other interests include performance studies, new media theory, and Caribbean poetics.
My first book, Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology (Princeton UP, 1999), explores the poetry of Rimbaud, Cendrars, Char, and American performance poets Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson through the lens of cultural studies and the Frankfurt School critique of aesthetic autonomy. Since finishing the book, I have published articles on poetries composed by means of digital processing or electronic recording technologies (French sound poetry, the remediated works of Kamau Brathwaite, French digital poetry). I have also written essays on Francophone poets from the Caribbean as well as an Introduction to "Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement," a volume I co-edited with Barrett Watten that attempts to define an experimental poetics within the context of diasporic experience. My work on Caribbean poetry is continued in my new book on Negritude and print culture forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
Although much of my career has been spent studying poetry, I have also developed a strong interest in dance as a type of poetics, a way of making meaning. My research on phenomenological accounts of bodily movement has culminated in the publication of "Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture" (Harvard University Press, 2009). I am presently working on a manuscript on Merce Cunningham and chance procedures entitled "After the Arbitrary" that brings together my interests in technology, avant-garde experiment, and dance as a form of social critique.
|Publications||Most recent: Negritude Voices in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and The Lyric Regime (Columbia University Press, 2014)|
SELECTED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
"French Poetic Experiment on and off the Page," in The Cambridge Companion to French Literature, ed. John Lyons (forthcoming)
"Inheriting the Avant-Garde: Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, and the Legacy Plan" in Dance Research Journal (Summer 2013)
"Embodiment" and "Merce Cunningham" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics" (2014)
"Poetry and Technology," Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (revised edition, 2012)
"Edouard Glissant: A Poetics of the 'Entour'" in Poetry and Cultural Studies (Iowa UP, 2011).
"The Human Situation on Stage: Merce Cunningham, Theodor Adorno, and the Category of Expression" in Dance Research Journal (2010)
"Poésie et typosphère chez Léon-Gontran Damas" in Poésies et Médias du XXe siecle (Nouveau Monde, 2010)
"Red Front/Black Front: Aimé Césaire and the Affaire Aragon" in Diacritics (Fall 2007)
"Motor Intentionality: Gestural Meaning in Bill Viola and Merleau-Ponty" in Postmodern Cultures (Fall 2007)
"Miming Signing: Henri Michaux and the Writing Body" in Migrations of Gesture, eds. Carrie Noland and Sally Ann Ness. University of Minnesota Press (2008).
"Digital Gestures" in New Media Poetries, eds. Thomas Swiss and Adalaide Morris. MIT Press (2006).
"Phonic Matters: French Sound Poetry, Julia Kristeva, and Bernard Heidsieck" in PMLA, Special Issue on Poetry (January 2005)
"Bataille Looking" in Modernism/Modernity, (March, 2004).
"Le Graffiti, la ligne, et la lettre chez René Char" in Pleine marge, (no. 35, June 2002).
"The Metaphysics of Coffee," in Modernism/Modernity, (Fall 2000).
"High Decoration: Blaise Cendrars, Sonia Delaunay, and the Poem as Fashion Design," in Journal X, (Spring 1998).
"Poetry at Stake; Blaise Cendrars, Cultural Studies, and the Future of Poetry in the Literature Classroom," in PMLA, (January 1997).
"Rimbaud and Patti Smith: Style as Social Deviance," in Critical Inquiry, (Spring 1995).
Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology" (Princeton University Press, 1999).
|"Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture" (Harvard University Press, 2009)|
|"Migrations of Gesture" (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), co-edited with Sally Ann Ness.|
|"Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement" co-edited with Barrett Watten (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)|
|Grants||NEH (1995); Camargo Foundation (2004); American Philosophical Society (2005); ACLS (2010-2011)|
|Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014-2015 Clark Art Institute/Oakley Center Humanities Fellowship 2014-2015|
Culture and Theory
|Link to this profile||http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2770|