BSP Podcast: Rachel Coventry – A Heideggerian account of Post-Internet Poetry

podcast update

Season one of our podcast continues with a final panel presentation from the 2016 British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference.

Season 1 episode 15: 26 May 2017

This recording is of Rachel Coventry’s presentation ‘Can Poetry break the Internet: A Heideggerian account of Post-Internet Poetry’. You can listen to this episode on the BSP’s Podbean site, and you can also find it on iTunes and all good podcasting apps by searching ‘BSP Podcast’.

Abstract: “Sam Riviere’s 2015 collection “Kim Kardashian’s Marriage” is an example of Post-Internet poetry. Post-internet poetry is the practice of using Web content as the basis of poetry. This paper will attempt to show that a Heideggerian analysis can shed light on contemporary texts in a way that renews Heidegger’s poetic thought and calls it into question in the light of new poetic practices. Specifically, Rivierie’s collection will be considered in terms of Heidegger’s opposing accounts of both technology and poetry. Social media is often understood in terms of enframing and thus it contributes to the “extreme danger” of the information age and the marginalization of art.  However, this danger is accompanied by a saving power. Can a collection like Rivierie’s succeed in make the ‘danger’ of social media explicit?”

The British Society for Phenomenology’s Annual Conference took place at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK during September, 2016. It gathered together philosophers, literary scholars, phenomenologists, and practitioners exploring phenomenological theory and its practical application. It covered a broad range of areas and issues including the arts, ethics, medical humanities, mental health, education, technology, feminism, politics and political governance, with contributions throwing a new light on both traditional phenomenological thinkers and the themes associated with classical phenomenology. More information about the conference can be found here.