Teaching without a Text: Close Listening to Kamau Brathwaite's Digital Audio Archive

Jacob Edmond
New media technologies—from the tape recorder to the computer—enabled Kamau Brathwaite's revolutionary poetic approach; digital technologies likewise enable us to study and teach his groundbreaking work in new ways. This essay argues that teaching and studying Brathwaite should begin with the audible word not the written text and that digital audio archives and platforms can play a key role in enabling this approach. Digital audio archives such as PennSound and the Poetry Archive allow students...

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