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Research statementPOETRY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEFAMILIARISATION
Poetry’s power to defamiliarise language and to challenge the automatism of perception was first theorised by the Russian formalist Viktor Shklovsky in 1917, notably at a revolutionary moment for the Soviet Union. The critical concept of defamiliarisation, however, has fallen out of favour--along with New Formalism more generally--because of its association with the 'purely' aesthetic. However, might defamiliarisation find new valency in the unfamiliar age of the Anthropocene?
Contributing to knowledge generated in the Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing, this poem investigates how defamiliarisation as a poetic technique might find new application in our present climate emergency. In this poem, part of a series of poems focused on modern objects, I defamiliarise a lift in order to estrange readers from modernity as a key driver of the Anthropocene.
The value of this poem is attested to by: its commissioned publication in the Australian poetry journal foam:e; its international commissioned publication in the US literary journal Connotation Press; and its inclusion in my new book of poems (Trigger Warning) with the prestigious University of Queensland Press, a book which was already named as one of the most anticipated releases of 2021 by The Australian.
Publication classificationJ3 Poems
Copyright notice[2019, Maria Takolander]