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Lea Pao

Lea Pao

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies


Biography:

My dissertation project, “The Informatics of Poetry,” examines the relation between poetry and information and suggests a method of reading poetry that evolves with a consideration of how the conceptualization of information and its defining forces have shaped and continue to shape poetry, our idea of poetics, and our methods of reading. By laying out a typology of informational practices in poetry, this project aims to renew and re-engage the discourse of information and poetics. It will show, for example, how poetic form manages these practices of information (via representation, organization, transmission, and storage), and how various methods of reading and literary criticism—from formalism and structuralism to Digital Humanities approaches—have developed alongside something like “information” as literary quality.