Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Adeena Karasick

Ph. D., Concordia University

Courses taught:

Fiction into Film
Films of Moral Struggle
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
Poetry and Poetics
Popular Culture and Critical Theory

Adeena Karasick earned an MA in Semiotics at York University, and a Ph.D from Concordia University focusing on the intersection between deconstructionist and Kabbalistic hermeneutics. She is internationally recognized for her intellectual leadership in the discipline of poetics and theory, and the intersection between divergent modes of communication. Her scholarship has focused on the development of meaning, with special attention to the work of Marshall McLuhan, Derrida and
L-A=N=G=U=A-G=E theorists; on the historical relationship between modes of communication and sociocultural phenomena; on the impact of new technologies and media on language practice; on popular culture phenomena including television, film, feminism, Conceptual Art and Kabbalah.

Adeena Karasick is also an internationally recognized poet and media-artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory, most recently, This Poem, (Talonbooks, 2012) as well as 4 videopoems regularly showcased at Film Festivals worldwide. All her work is marked with an urban, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges linguistic habits and normative modes of meaning production. Engaged with the art of combination and turbulence of thought, it is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries.

Her writing has been described as "electricity in language" (Nicole
Brossard), "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein) "a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak" (Globe and Mail) and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier).

Adeena Karasick is co-founding director (Minister of Semiotic Turbulence) for KLEZKANADA Poetry Festival: Three Millennia of Poetic Subversion and an active member in a number of organizations, including Modern Language Association,
International Association of Canadian Studies, The League of Canadian Poets, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Poetry Association of America.

Among the honors she has received are: The Canada Council for the Arts, Spoken Word and Storytelling Award, 2011, Award for Professional Writers for This Poem, 2010; Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Award, 2009, Best Book of 2009 for Amuse Bouche, MPS Mobile Award, 2008, Exuberance is Beauty Award from AboutBooks for Amuse Bouche, Dorothy Livesay Book Award, for Memewars, as well as a Canada Council for the Arts Travel Award for both the Banff Centre for the Arts and European Russian performance tour.

Research Interests:
Dr. Karasick maintains an active publishing, lecturing and research program that includes investigations into language innovation and sociocultural change. Areas of particular interest include the relationship between language and pop culture, language and media, pre-flarff, neo-Fluxus Conceptualism, and the intra-relationships between varying modes of discourse.
Selected publications:
Karasick, Adeena, This Poem. Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2012.
Karasick, Adeena, This Poem Part I. Obvious Epiphanies Press, Japan, 2011
Karasick, Adeena, Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada, 2009.
Karasick, Adeena, The House That Hijack Built. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada, 2004.
Karasick, Adeena. The Arugula Fugues. Zasterle Press: Spain, 2001.
Karasick, Adeena Dyssemia Sleaze. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada, 2000.
Karasick, Adeena Genrecide. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada, 1996.
Karasick, Adeena Mêmewars. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada, 1994.
Karasick, Adeena The Empress Has No Closure. Talonbooks: Vancouver, Canada 1992.
“In the Shadow of Desire: Charles Bernstein’s Shadowtime and its Kabbalistic Trajectories” and “Kabbalistic Traces in the work of Adeena Karasick” in Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture. Ed. Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris, University of Alabama Press, 2009.
“Shards of Light: A Conversation with bill bissett” in Canadian Theater Review. Ed. T.L. Cowan. 2008.
“The Wall” in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader. Ed. Maria Damon.Wesleyan University Press, (Minnesota, Spring, 2005).
“Towards a Poetics of the Spoken Word” in The Last Salt. Ed. Sean Minogue, (2004).
“bill bissett: A Writing Ouside Writing”, in bill bissett: Essays on His Works. Ed. Linda Rogers.Guernica (Toronto, 2002).
“Poetic Fugues” in How2 Forum 6 (Spring 2001). (
“Writing Through the Grapheme as Social Commodity” in How2 Forum 5, Spring 2001. (
“Between the Sacred and the Secular: Cixous, Derrida and the Kabbalah” in Interpretation of Texts, Sacred and Secular. Eds. Pierre Buhler and Tibor Fabiny, Pano Verlag, Zurich, Centre for Hermeneutical Research (1999).
“Shekhina: The Speculum that Signs”, in Nashim. Number II, Jerusalem (Spring 5759, 1999).
“bill bissett: A Writing Ouside Writing”, in The Capilano Review, Vancouver (October, 1997).
"Of Poetik Thinking: A 'Pataphysical Exploration of Derrida and the Kabbalah" in Impratur (Luton, 1996).
"Hautécouture: Refracting the Spoken Word Frequency" in Parallelogramme. Vol. 20. No. 3 (Toronto: December, 1994).
"N(or)th of Ar(c)ticulation" in A Poetics of Criticism (Buffalo, 1994).
"Poetix" in Writing for the New Coast Anthology (Buffalo, 1993).
"The Empress Has No Closure" in Open Letter. (Redrawing the Lines: the Next Generation) Eighth Series, No. 4: Summer, 1992.
"Paralog" in In the Midst (Warren Tallman Writings 1962 - 1992), Talonbooks: Vancouver, 1992. pp. 283-319.
"Tract Marks: Echoes and Traces in the Toronto Research Group" in Open Letter. Canadian? Literary? Theory?) Eighth Series, No. 3: Spring 1992.
"In the Force of Desire" in West Coast Line: The New Vancouver Writing Issue: No.1, 1990.
"Neo-Modern Is Coming On: A Dialogue" in Line Magazine. No. 14, 1989.
"In the Rock's Cleft" in Tracing the Paths: Reading / Writing the Martyrology. Ed. Roy Miki. Talonbooks: Vancouver, 1988.

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