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Jason Camlot


Jason Camlot (Chair and Associate Professor, English, Concordia University) is completing work on his second book manuscript, entitled “Documenting the Phonotext: Sound Recording and Its Victorian Legacy” which the impact of sound recording technology upon literary production, consumption, genre and performance and traces the cultural significance of early spoken recordings by situating them within explanatory technological, elocutionary, generic, and pedagogical contexts of their use.. He is the author ofStyle and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Ashgate, 2008), and the co-editor of Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century(Vehicle, 2007) which was a finalist for the 2007 Prix Gabrielle-Roy. Journal and essay publications relevant to “The Victorianator” project include, “The Three-Minute Victorian Novel: Early Adaptations of Books to Sound“ (forthcoming in Audiobooks, Sound Studies and Literature. Ed. Matthew Rubery [Routledge, 2011]), “Early Talking Books: Sound Recordings and Recitations Anthologies 1880-1920” in Book History. His research has been pursued on an array of disciplinary fronts (including literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, the history of technology, as well as contemporary literature and popular culture), but has demonstrated a consistent concern with questions of genre, media/publication, the history of authorship, and, in the broadest sense, the history and cultural politics of mediation and rhetoric. He is also currently PI on two SSHRC-funded team research projects that explore the development of digital media tools to support his research into nineteenth-century sound and literature. His ITST project “RECITE: Exploring and Developing Digital Tools for the Analysis and Interactive Use of Literary Spoken Recordings” aims to develop a literary-oriented forensics for early spoken recordings, and his RDI project, “The SpokenWeb 2.0: Conceptualizing and Prototyping a Comprehensive Web-Based Digital Spoken-Word Archive Interface for Literary Research” will explore the possibilities of delivering historical media via a digital interface. Jason is also the author of three collections of poetry, The Animal Library, Attention All Typewriters, and The Debaucher, as well as several digital poetry projects, most recently, tickertext2.


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