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Carl Peters

Dr. Carl Peters

Sessional Instructor

English

Abbotsford campus

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Role

Teacher, Writer, Author, Scholar

Biography

Biography is unimportant. I hope that when I say the name “Shakespeare” you think of a standard of art and not the man. The man was ordinary. His art is extraordinary.                                               

Education

BA, MFA, MA, PhD

Memberships

MLA, Vancouver Art Gallery

Teaching Philosophy

I can create a class on and around the most academic type of formal (academic) writing and insert real writers, learn from them, like I did today showing Kafka, Hemingway, and Faulkner. All the while we are close reading a text by another writer, or a parable from Kafka, a paragraph from Poe—a short online essay from George Bowering. I can quote poems by bill bissett and bpNichol that speak to writing process and “inner dialogical thinking” (voice?), and put all of that together in ways that can inspire students. I would record my classes except that one always acts differently in front of the apparatus, as Hitchcock knew who made films about films without any “actors” in them. Buñuel did the same. Resnais, Godard, and Truffaut are there to remind us of the new humanism that artists like bpNichol, bill bissett, and George Bowering (his refusal to bring shame down on the language) give almost perfect expression.

Teaching Interests

Modern and contemporary avant-garde art, literature, film, writing, and aesthetic praxis, including but not limited to Canadian, USAmerican, and European art, poetics, and creative writing.

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary avant-garde art, literature, film, writing, and aesthetic praxis, including but not limited to Canadian, USAmerican, and European art, poetics, and creative writing.

Presentations

Most recent:

“Imagism and the Ready-Made: The Minimalist Turn in Modern Poetry.” MLA (and the Hemingway Society) Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, January 4–7, 2017.

“Reading Studies in Description Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.” In this presentation of Studies in Description I will give a close reading of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, and discuss her poetry and poetics in the light of contemporary developments in painting, theatre, and cinema. Simon Fraser University, October 6, 2016.

“William Carlos Williams at the Centre: Tradition and the Derivative Poet.” MLA (and the William Carlos Williams Society) Austin, Texas, January 7–10, 2016.

Publications

Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (Talonbooks), 2016.

textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett (Talonbooks), 2011.

bpNichol Comics (Talonbooks), 2002.

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