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Carrie Busby

Carrie Busby earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her research explores acoustic aesthetics, and within this framework, she problematizes notions of liberty and critiques imperialist political aims and realities aurality brings to mind, as attention to aurality reveals historically unheard voices: voices of those silenced, colonized, appropriated, forced into assimilation, and ignored. Her work not only re-impresses the wonder and rhetorical power of sound in print but also invites new voices and styles of perceiving and reciting in an attempt to reclaim appropriated voices from Wordsworth’s sonic spaces. She aims to discover what Romantic recitation might teach about self-stimulatory behavior in those with autism, specifically those who find comfort through verbal and vocal stimming. She currently serves as Chair of the English Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, and is in the process of directing a digital humanities project on Wordsworthian recitation that preserves and appreciates diverse performances as translations of Wordsworth’s canon.