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REMEMBERING DEREK WALCOTT
REMEMBERING DEREK WALCOTT

My chest sinks to hear that Derek Walcott is lost to us. In 2011, I was lucky enough to live alongside him and to interview him for Il manifesto. Here is another fragment from that interview, which was never published in its entirety, or in English: Scappettone: You’ve been working with theatrical forms for over […]

SPD STAFF PICKS: EXIT 43
SPD STAFF PICKS: EXIT 43

Many thanks to Katherine Duckworth, whom I’ve never met, for singling out The Republic of Exit 43 among the teeming volumes of February as a Small Press Distribution Staff Pick. Only 3 more days to snatch this and all other recommended February titles up at 20% off with the code SPDPICKS….Click here: The Republic of […]

SEGUE SERIES AT ZINC BAR
SEGUE SERIES AT ZINC BAR

Dear New York, o toxic cradle and longlost: I am coming to read in you this Saturday from my new book, The Republic of Exit 43. Dearest New Yorkers [who will not be at AWP]: please join me and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi at 82 West 3rd Street, NY NY for red curtains and harsh words […]

BABEL AFTER FASCISM
BABEL AFTER FASCISM

Though that preposition may no longer hold—at Rutgers, I’ll be presenting a draft from a book project in progress, From Babel to Pentecost: Wireless Imaginations in Postwar Literary Arts and the Dream (or Nightmare) of a Transnational Language. The piece being presented is titled “To Whistle in the Fasces of Uniform Graphemes: Babel After Fascism.” […]

TRANSNATIONAL/TRANSLATIONAL POETICS
TRANSNATIONAL/TRANSLATIONAL POETICS

At Rutgers, New Brunswick: Please join us tomorrow for a workshop and discussion of the poetics and politics of translating poetry lacking a mother tongue! Workshop on Poetics and Translation with Jennifer Scappettone, U of Chicago Thu, Feb 9, 3-5 pm CCA Seminar Room, 15 Seminary Place, Fifth Floor Co-sponsored by Comparative Literature  

CONCRETE POETRY AT THE WOOLF SOCIETY
CONCRETE POETRY AT THE WOOLF SOCIETY

July 16, 2016: a lecture for the Virginia Woolf Society at Seikei University in Tokyo on visual poetry and the dream, or nightmare, of a transnational language 日本ヴァージニア・ウルフ協会7月例会のご案内 梅雨に入り暑さも増してきましたが、みなさま方におかれましては、健やかにお過ごしのことと拝察いたします。さて、事務局から7月例会のご案内を差し上げます。今回は、米国はシカゴ大学から新進気鋭のモダニズムの研究者がゲスト出演され、また協会の研究を牽引してきたヴェテラン大田信良先生がお話をされます。例会終了後の懇親会にもぜひいらしてください。 日時:2016年7月16日午後3時から6時半 場所:成蹊大学10号館2階大会議 司会:中井亜佐子(一橋大学) Jennifer Scappettone (Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago) “Between Pentecost and Babel: Wireless […]

TRANSLATION AS (RE)PERFORMANCE
TRANSLATION AS (RE)PERFORMANCE

My second post for Harriet: The Blog thinks through what it would mean to consider the performance of an original and translated text as a fundamental part of the act of translation. “Performance plunges us concretely into translation’s uncommon temporality as we strive to body forth the the cognitive and musical pulse of a text […]

IL PRESENTE DISCONTINUO/THE DISCONTINUOUS PRESENT
IL PRESENTE DISCONTINUO/THE DISCONTINUOUS PRESENT

Gian Maria Annovi has written a beautiful review of Killing the Moonlight for alfabeta2. I’m grateful for his identification of a geopoetics of infrastructural inquiry/empathy that I’ve been working on, methodologically speaking, & not without interference, for the past decade or so. In Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice,…, Jennifer Scappettone sembra riprodurre nella scrittura […]

IRONY OF MARGINALITY: ROSSELLI @ OXFORD U
IRONY OF MARGINALITY: ROSSELLI @ OXFORD U

I’m thrilled to be joining Emanuela Tandello, Chiara Carpita, Maria Borio, Gian Maria Annovi, Daniela La Penna and Lucia Re this Friday, February 26, in discussion about “the irony of otherness and marginality” in Amelia Rosselli’s poetry. I’ll be presenting recent work on the event of performance and/as translation: “Chloris in Plural Voices: Performing Translation […]

BEING EMBEDDED: TRANSLATION @ ASYMPTOTE
BEING EMBEDDED: TRANSLATION @ ASYMPTOTE

“Translation obliges that you be embedded, digging your way out of the enemy logic word by word.” Temporarily virtual friends: I spoke at Asymptote with Alexis Almeida of my various projects across poetry, research, and translation; naturally we began with Amelia Rosselli. Have a look here: Amici temporaneamente virtuali: ho parlato qui su Asymptote Journal […]

UNA VETRINA, ROME
UNA VETRINA, ROME

Amici e Romani! Friends & Romans! A piece I made in cutting homage to Melville’s Battle-Pieces and his fascination with Piranesi, titled “of the Monitor’s Fight,” is now installed in “Una Vetrina” storefront gallery, off the Via Giulia near San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. Come out to see it—it’s visible 24/7 for the coming week. Ho […]

WUHO INSTITUTE OPEN LABS: FINISSAGE
WUHO INSTITUTE OPEN LABS: FINISSAGE

For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard has been transformed by the Institute into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments has generated salons, workshops, performances, and rituals by residents, rogue scientists, and radical philologists. See the outcomes and their byproducts on the last night of Open Laboratories: The Grand […]

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD, TURIN
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD, TURIN

Descrizione del mondo/Description of the World: This collective installation (in Turin this summer and online) was an untimely provocation in the Nietzschean sense of the Unzeitgemässe. We were asked by curator/editor Andrea Inglese to submit three pieces: one page of a book, one manual intervention on a piece of paper, one photographic image. I made […]

LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY
LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY

LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY: Jennifer Scappettone and Joshua G. Stein present materials research and archaeologies of futurism and of waiting Thursday, July 30 Doors open at 7 pm Slip casting and performance begin at 7:30 pm WUHO Gallery 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Located between Wilcox Ave. and Schrader Blvd. Hollywood & Highland is […]

OPEN LABORATORIES ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
OPEN LABORATORIES ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

please join us for the launch of the INSTITUTE SUMMER SESSIONS: OPEN LABORATORIES at WUHO’s Spatial Research Facility SATURDAY, MAY 9 7-9 PM 6518 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://wuho.architecture.woodbury.edu For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard is being transformed into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments will […]

QUADRATI, CANTONI, CANTONATE / SQUARES, CANTONS, CORNERS
QUADRATI, CANTONI, CANTONATE / SQUARES, CANTONS, CORNERS

Un nuovo fascicolo dedicato alla poesia di Amelia Rosselli / A new dossier dedicated to the poetry of Amelia Rosselli: @ MODERNA, curato da / edited by Emmanuela Tandello and Chiara Carpita Il mio intervento s’intitola “‘Cantonidisintegratidella / miavita’: Closure and Implosion of the Canto(n) in Amelia Rosselli, and the Dream (or Nightmare) of a […]

ANOTHER LITERARY HISTORY
ANOTHER LITERARY HISTORY

“She was also reading writings of the Black Power movement; she was entirely tuned in to what was happening in the US. Her work is a part of American literary history, despite the fact that most people don’t know it.” My live conversation of November 2012 with Alessandro Cassin of the Primo Levi Center on […]

AN IDEAL NATIONALITY (AT MASP)
AN IDEAL NATIONALITY (AT MASP)

Tomorrow evening, April 29, at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, I’ll present work in progress on the gnarled histories of architecture, poetry, and nation-building that converge in the construction of a great museum on the part of a group of Italian immigrants/émigrés between Rome and São Paulo—and try to sketch out how public space, poetic […]

TRANSLATION IN TIME
TRANSLATION IN TIME

I’m honored to be giving the closing lecture for the CHIASMI conference hosted by the graduate students in Italian Studies at Harvard and Brown Universities next weekend. My talk’s title has been altered in tandem with its theme: “Chloris as Translation, and the Dream of a Transhistorical Language.” It’ll open a final roundtable discussion at […]

FROM CORPSE TO SPECTER
FROM CORPSE TO SPECTER

On Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 pm, I will be talking about Venice as an antagonist & emblem of modernity at Brown University. Very much looking forward to meeting up with the lively community in Italian studies, English, comparative literature, and gender studies there.

WE ARE READY FOR ANOTHER HISTORY: ON HOLY FATHERS
WE ARE READY FOR ANOTHER HISTORY: ON HOLY FATHERS

“La santità dei santi padri” (The Sanctity of the Holy Fathers): my essay published today at the Italian journal Alfabeta2​ takes on the paradox and the recalcitrance of Amelia Rosselli’s place in literary history between a divided legacy of “holy fathers”: Pier Paolo Pasolini and the neo-avant-garde. Antonio Loreto’s recent study, “I Santi Padri di Amelia […]

ROSSELLI ROUNDTABLE AL TEATRO PALLADIUM
ROSSELLI ROUNDTABLE AL TEATRO PALLADIUM

Poetitaly: ‘Esili’ Dopo il successo di Poetitaly al Corviale, lunedì 23 febbraio inizia POETITALY al PALLADIUM con ESILI Mariella Mehr, Mariangela Gualtieri, Gian Maria Annovi e Laura Pugno In scena la poesia con i nuovi appuntamenti di Poetitaly: cinque date dal 23 febbraio all’8 giugno 2015 Nell’ambito della ricca programmazione di RAP-Roma Action Poetry. La […]

GOLD REVOLUTION
GOLD REVOLUTION

Gold revolution performance di Francesca Grilli 3 falchi, 14 testi sulla rivoluzione, 7 poeti — 3 falcons, 14 texts on revolution, 7 poets poesie di/poems by: Laura Cingolani, Sara Davidovics, Fabio Lapiana, Marco Giovenale, Tommaso Ottonieri Jonida Prifti, Jennifer Scappettone Testi a cura di/Texts curated by Stefania Tutino e Laura Cingolani All’interno della biblioteca dell’Accademia […]

KILLING THE MOONLIGHT IN CHICAGO
KILLING THE MOONLIGHT IN CHICAGO

        Please join me for a discussion of Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, which is hot off the presses from Columbia University Press, with the remarkable scholars of modernism Maud Ellmann and Rebecca West. The event will take place at Chicago’s legendary Seminary Co-op Bookstore this Monday, 11/10/14, at 6 pm. I’ll […]


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