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Lecture by Avery Slater

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, English Lounge (258 GSH)
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Lecture by Avery Slater (University of Toronto)


"Post-Automaton Poetry"


Avery Slater’s teaching focuses on twentieth-century literature and poetry in a global context. Her research investigates the re-conceptualization of human and nonhuman forms of language following the rise of information and computational technologies, with specific attention to the history of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Her book project Apparatus Poetica explores how mid-twentieth-century poets revise and reinvent modernist theories of poetic process in response to emerging technologies of language (computation, artificial intelligence, machine translation, information theory). She spent the academic year of 2016-2017 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Humanities Forum, researching the literary and philosophical contexts of postwar machine translation. Her work has recently appeared in Symplokē, American Literature, Cultural Critique, Thinking Verse, Transformations, The William Carlos Williams Review, and in a special issue of Amodern on the topic of machine translation and the humanities.

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