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Meter, Rhythm and Performance – Metrum, Rhythmus, Performanz

Proceedings of the International Conference on Meter, Rhythm and Performance, held in May 1999 at Vechta

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Christoph Küper

This volume includes most papers read at the International Conference on «Meter, Rhythm and Performance» held at the University of Vechta, Germany, in May 1999. This metrics conference set out to break new ground in two respects. It was the first to explicitly address aspects of the performance of poetry in addition to questions of meter and rhythm. It was also the first of its kind to invite (and actually attract) a truly international panel of scholars from competing metrical traditions such as Generative Metrics, the Russian School of Metrics, Cognitive Metrics, and several others. Thus, the articles present an unusually broad picture of current research in the field of metrics, including a section on free verse. The languages and literatures addressed include Irish, Welsh, Breton, Latin, English (British and American), Dutch, German, Russian, Slovene, Serbo-Croatian, and Sanskrit. Most of the articles are written in English, eight are in German.
Contents: Christoph Küper: Introduction – Reuven Tsur: A Perception-Oriented Theory of Meter and the Rhythmical Performance of Poetry – Marina Tarlinskaja: Verse Text: Its Meter and Its Oral Rendition – Christian Wagenknecht: Zum Begriff der Tonbeugung – Eske Bockelmann: Der Rhythmus nach betont und unbetont: Antwort auf eine kopernikanische Frage – Michael Redford: English, Dutch and German Meter: The Role of Linguistic Givens – Jan G. Kooij: When Is a Peak a Peak? Metrical Structure in Modern Poetry – Johann Nikolaus Schneider: Klopstock at Vechta: An Obstinate Conference Participant – Jörgen Larsson: Cognitive Rhythm - A Part of Performance – Hans Lösener: Rhythmus und Sinn - Anmerkungen zu einem Problem der Metrik – Marianne Nordman: Investigating Prose Rhythm: A Model for Systematic Analysis – Isabel Zollna: Formelbildung und Improvisation: Rhythmisierung zwischen Wiederholung und Expressivität. Spanische, französische, englische und deutsche Verkaufsrufe als oral poetry – Augustin Mannerheim: Rhythmic Patterns: Critical Points in Poetic Performance – Alaric Sumner: Dominating Performance, Regulating Text. The Academic’s Fear of the Moment: Verse Isn’t Free but Neither is It In Chains – Peter L. Groves: «Knocking a Verse on the Head»: Towards a Performance Grammar of English Verse – Beatrix Hesse: Speaking Shakespeare’s Verse on Stage – Beth Bjorklund: On the Integrity of the Line in Free Verse – Eva Lilja: Meter, Rhythm and Free Verse – Frank J. Kearful: What to Do with Free Verse? Three Twentieth-Century American Poems – Hildegard L. C. Tristram: European Versification: The Effect of Literacy – Graham R. Isaac: Meter and Performance in Early Welsh Poetry – Jürgen Blänsdorf: Witz - Würde - Wucht: Wirkungsqualitäten antiker, spätantiker und mittelalterlicher lateinischer Versarten – John R. Cooper: Iambic Pentameter in the Lyrics of Surrey and Sidney – Isabel Martin: The Rich Repertoire of Metrics in Contemporary British Poetry: Peter Reading – Nila Friedberg: ‘Foreign Flavor’ in Brodsky’s Verse – David Chisholm: Metrical Structures as Stylistic Features in German Literary Prose – Emily Klenin: Meter, Rhythm, and the Stanza: A Russian Poet, Two German Models – Evgenij V. Kasartsev: Die Anwendung linguistischer Statistik bei der Analyse des deutschen Verses – Marina Krasnoperova: Evolution of the Rhythmics of Russian Verse and a Semiotic Model: On the Material of Russian Iambic Tetrameter – Aleksander Bjelčevič: The Caesura in Slovene and Serbo-Croatian Verse – Volker M. Tschannerl: Metrum, Ritual und Melodie im alten Indien – Heike Moser-Achuthath: Versrezitation im Sanskrit-Theater Kūṭiyāṭṭam (Kerala/Südindien).