Poetry in the workplace : Bill Murray’s public reading as an applied art form

Sebestyén, Attila: Poetry in the workplace : Bill Murray’s public reading as an applied art form. In: Americana : E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary, (14) 1. (2018)

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Abstract

My paper supports the claim that the mind-forming effects of poetry can be utilized in the areas of business activities or workplace life. For managers and employees, literary reading may become a playground which provides them with various possibilities, outside the rules of their own areas, for mind-liberating connections among different worldviews. According to previous reference works, even businesspeople themselves affirmed: poetry creates possibilities for them to view the world from other people’s perspectives. That could become important in business life and workplaces because one of the central dilemmas of contemporary discourse about management and corporate culture is the challenge of tolerating ambiguities, uncertainties, and conflicts (that is the task of managing various meanings). I illustrate the view-changing potentials of poetry in the workplace with an example which can be a truly mesmerizing precedent due to its unexpectedness, improbability, and lyrical inspiration. My paper provides an analysis of Bill Murray’s public reading to physical workers on the construction site of the Poets House in New York. First I concentrate on the role of Murray’s self-irony which is meant to handle the tension between the two different spheres (poetry and physical work). Then I reveal the moments of inspiration in which poetry reading noticeably affects both the performer and audience members. Finally, I emphasize the importance of Murray’s applicative ending of the event, which provides interpretative comments and also manages to activate the audience members.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Americana : E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary
Date: 2018
Volume: 14
Number: 1
ISSN: 1787-4637
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amerikanisztika, Amerikai irodalom - költészet, Bill Murray
Additional Information: Bibliogr. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2020. Apr. 14. 13:48
Last Modified: 2020. Apr. 14. 13:48
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/64525

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