Poetry. This book gathers a decade of Caroline Bergvall's innovative pieces, from her long out-of-print performance text Goan Atom, inspired by the graphic contortions of Hans Bellmer's Doll and violent love fantasies of other radical body-inspired artists, The Shorter Chaucer, a series of contemporary tales exploring social mores in a feisty mix of languages, and the hybrid and visual prose pieces Cropper, Cat in the Throat, and Middling English. This volume—rich, multi-layered, acerbic, humorous—creates a strong case for how new literature can provide speculative and performative excursions into post-urban lives and idoms and explore renewed visions for languages.
Author City: London UK
Caroline Bergvall is a writer of French-Norwegian origins based in London and Geneva. She works across artforms, media and languages; her projects alternate between books, audio pieces, collaborative performances and language installations. Her publications include DRIFT, MEDDLE ENGLISH: NEW AND SELECTED TEXTS, and Fig as well as a DVD of earlier installations Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (2010). Recent group shows/festivals: Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona), Theatre du Grütli (Geneva), The Serpentine Gallery (London), MOMA (NY), DIA Arts Foundation (NY), and Tate Modern (London). Recently completed a performance version of DRIFT, which will tour Europe in 2014-2105. Director of the Performance Writing program at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2000), co-Chair MFA in Writing, Bard College (2005-2007), and recent guest faculty at Naropa University. The Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama at the University of Cambridge (2012-2013).
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