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Mr Jamie Toy

Research project: The iCogito: Guattari's Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm, Avant-Garde Poetry and Technology

Abstract

How has poetics been changed ethically and politically by technology since the Futurists? And how does this reveal a changed relation between subject, language, technology and world? My thesis explores how avant-garde poetry's relationship with technology entangles ethical, aesthetic and political questions. By focussing on the work of Felix Guattari, it looks to reject a Cartesian understanding of this moment of engagement and asks for specific creative interactions with the world. The thesis argues that in the productive, outward facing way that technology and poetry intertwine within these poets' works we can see a redefinition of subjectivity away from insular singularity and into a critical ethical and political engagement with the world. Poets focussed on include Mina Loy, dsh, Carl Andre, Kenneth Goldsmith, Nat Raha and Sam Riviere.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: The iCogito: Guattari's Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm, Avant-Garde Poetry and Technology
  • Research supervisor: Dr Helen Palmer
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Sara Upstone

Biography

I started my studies at Kingston University with a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing. This one was then followed by an MA in Literature & Philosophy. My first collection of poems, Sea Wall& others is due to be printed by Alban Low in 2019 and I have read my work at many poetry events. I have also published in articles such as Versopolis Review.

Areas of research interest

  • Literature
  • Avant-Garde Poetry
  • Philosophy
  • Pschoanalysis

Qualifications

  • BA English Literature & Creative Writing
  • MA Literature & Philosophy
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