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Title: Equinoctial : an investigation of 'the holographic' for developing a new collection of ekphrastic poetry
Author: Thompson, Pamela
ISNI:       0000 0004 6350 0010
Awarding Body: De Montfort University
Current Institution: De Montfort University
Date of Award: 2016
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Holography is a form of 3D imaging. Its practice spans the disciplines of science and art. My original contribution to knowledge is in making a claim for holography as a new context for writing ekphrastic poetry which most usually refers to poetry written in dialogue with the visual. The scholarship of ekphrasis cites examples of poems written in response to painting, sculpture, photography and film but not to holography. This is practice-led research and my collection of poetry Equinoctial arising from it derives its structure, and the linguistic and formal properties of its poems, from a process of holographic enquiry arising from processes of holography and the properties of holograms. Furthermore, I construe this holographic enquiry as a form of ekphrastic enquiry. My primary sources for ekphrastic dialogues are the holopoetry and theories of holopoetry of Brazilian artist and poet, Eduardo Kac; the essay: ‘Stopping Time: Harrison’s Holograms’, and holograms of John Harrison’s timekeeper, ‘H4’ by Martin Richardson; the essays in The Aerial Letter and the novel, Picture Theory by French-Canadian writer, Nicole Brossard. For Brossard, the hologram is a trope associated with liberatory and visionary feminist reading and writing practices. The scholarship of ekphrasis revels its gendered nature which I go on to scrutinize via the various lenses of my primary sources. In order to consolidate my positioning as a feminist researcher, I develop the methodology, ‘flâneuserie’ from poetry and poetics by women poets and scholars which describes an agency-making approach to bringing together the creative and critical components of a practice-led thesis in creative writing in a poetics I come to describe as ‘holopoetics’. I conclude by upholding holography as a technology of perception that emphasises the position of the viewer or reader in relation to artwork and poem, and, in doing so offers multiple perspectives and possibilities of interpretation. Throughout, I emphasise the significance of my study as an example of concept-driven practice-led research in creative-writing which upholds a claim for poetry as new knowledge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: poetry ; holography ; holographic ; ekphrasis flaneuserie ; Equinoctial ; practice-led ; writing