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 […]
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 […]
Thanks to Rosa Mucignat of Kings College for this thorough and astute review of Killing the Moonlight in Comparative Literature: “Killing the Moonlight is a brilliant fusion of literature, art, architecture, politics, and history that challenges and rewards the reader with its voracious and wide-ranging scope. Scappettone’s re-positioning of modernism in Venice enriches our understanding […]
I’m thrilled to be giving a lecture on Venice in another archipelago, one inhabited a couple of decades back—at Hitotsubashi University, hosted by Professor Mayumo Inoue, with respondents Ryosuke Yamazaki and Akiko Ichikawa. July 14, 2016, a Thursday, in the afternoon.
“Copper Lyres (Materiality of Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction & Ecoprecarity, Part 2)” continues my assault of musings surrounding the material substrate of the internet, honing in on copper, from exploitation to salvage, at Harriet. “We set out to build, as the alarm of the obsolescing networked age, of the house and the […]
My fourth text for Harriet: The Blog, “Aeolian Harping: Materiality of Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction & Ecoprecarity,” is the beginning of a new project on rethinking the supposed dematerialization of the art object, and the supposed greenness of our current communicative channels: “What species of political and ethical complicity must we reckon […]
Last gasps of Futurism revisited by way of more translation of Venezianella e Studentaccio, Marinetti’s 1943-44 “aeronovel or aeropoem” that envisions the resurrection of Venice as a female colossus of blown glass: stylistically speaking, a cross between homage to the cosmopolitan anachronism of the city of lagoons and a blown-out pastiche of Fascism’s would-be colonial […]
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 […]
Nathanaël and I are writing together about lagoons and/as archives—that “each book occupies, for me, the place of a memory loss….” makes for the initial traces of that conversation, here and in the print version of MAKE Magazine #16:
I’ll be talking about “Pinocchio, Unbuilt: The Hypertextual Venice of Robert Coover” (and a smidgeon of Judd Morrissey’s RC_AI in homage to the latter) tomorrow at Fiction/Nonfiction: The Uses and Truths of Literature, a conference organized by Alison James and Luc Lang at the University of Chicago (Logan Center for the Arts, 802). Free & […]
On November 9 at noon, at Penn State (in 102 Kern), I’ll be giving a talk titled “From Corpse to Specter: Venice as Antagonist and Emblem of Modernity.” There will be lunch! When in 1910, F.T. Marinetti and comrades airbombed crowds with 800,000 copies of the Futurist manifesto “Against Passéist Venice” from the Clock Tower […]
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 […]
Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice has been named one of 5 titles in a shortlist of finalists for the Modernist Studies Association Annual Book Prize for 2015. Here is the judges’ citation: Jennifer Scappettone, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia) In Killing the Moonlight, Jennifer Scappettone performs a scholarly quarry of a city […]
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 […]
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.
A brief fragment of my translation of Venezianella and Studentaccio, F.T. Marinetti’s epic 1944 “aeronovel or aeropoem”—which imagines reconstructing Venice as a female colossus of Murano glass—is up at Boston Review today. “[S]corn for woman,” for history, for stinking canalized places, turned backwards, inside out….
Last month I had the pleasure and honor of speaking at length with Leonard Schwartz, poet, professor at Evergreen College, and host of the pathbreaking radio program Cross-Cultural Poetics, about Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice. PennSound, the online archive hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, now has these radio programs posted, ready to be […]
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 […]
I’ll be in dialogue with Jean-Michel Rabaté and Charles Bernstein on November 4 at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia to discuss Venice’s urban fabric and its anachronistic relationship to modernity. Slought 4017 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104 Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm We will be addressing questions such as: What can the reputedly obsolete structures, […]
A navigable window onto “Exit 43” has just gone live at The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (courtesy of Ahsahta Press), accompanied by an interview with G.C. Waldrep. Thanks to editors G.C. and to Joshua Corey for envisioning a way for these pixels to be part of the anthology.
Interlocutors & lovers of cities as utopias or disasters: On Friday, May 9 at 6:15 pm, I’ll be presenting a paper/talk on “Fabulous Planning: Unbuilt Venices” at the Columbia Seminar on Studies in Modern Italy. The event will take place in the 5th floor conference room of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, […]
Came home to a lecture on building in—as—time, concept so floral for would-be tragic Venice-of-water, and to walls—of taverns and cities—made conceptually permeable via their blooming, ground as cherries.
And a girl converted to colorism out of Venice returns as if in dream to its marriage with the linear abstraction of an ideal maturity.
That energy and courage of invention (oui, inventio, what heresy to the epoch of tied wrists) should infuse architectonic and ideological space as well on a cloudy 400th anniversary: after the coining of the “telescopio,” these studios hopeful, explosive: Galileo, Corey Brennan, brilliant comrades bearing keyboards, violias, keycards for piano, windchimes, and plan-B umbrellas, thanks. […]