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  • Archaeologies of Presenceby Gabriella Giannachi; Nick Kaye; Michael Shanks

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 55.95

    Archaeologies of Presence is a brilliant exploration of how the performance of presence can be understood through the relationships between performance theory and archaeological thinking. Drawing together carefully commissioned contributions by leading international scholars and artists, this radical new work poses a number of essential questions:... more...

  • New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movementby Lisa Gail Collins; Margo Crawford; Lisa Gail Collins; Margo Crawford; Alondra Nelson; Kellie Jones; James Smethurst; Wendy Walters; Cherise Pollard; Erina Duganne; Cherise Smith; Adam Gussow; Emily Bernard; Lee Bernstein; Michelle Joan Wilkinson; Rod Hernandez; Lorrie Smith; Houston Baker; Mary Ellen Lennon

    Rutgers University Press 2006; US$ 26.95

    During the 1960s and 1970s, a cadre of poets, playwrights, visual artists, musicians, and other visionaries came together to create a renaissance in African American literature and art. This charged chapter in the history of African American culture-which came to be known as the Black Arts Movement-has remained largely neglected by subsequent... more...

  • Relational Designs in Literature and the Artsby Rui Carvalho Homem

    Editions Rodopi 2012; US$ 105.00

    This collection focuses on texts that address the other arts – from painting to photography, from the stage to the screen, and from avant-garde experiments to mass culture. Despite their diversity of object and approach, the essays in Relational Design more...

  • The Roots of Romanticism (Second Edition)by Isaiah Berlin; Henry Hardy; John Gray

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 12.95

    In The Roots of Romanticism , one of the twentieth century's most influential philosophers dissects and assesses a movement that changed the course of history. Brilliant, fresh, immediate, and eloquent, these celebrated Mellon Lectures are a bravura intellectual performance. Isaiah Berlin surveys the many attempts to define romanticism, distills... more...

  • Spearheading Debateby Steven C Dubin

    Jacana Media 2012; US$ 23.99

    As South Africa?s democracy matures, this book raises pertinent questions:  How does the state mediate between traditional tribal authority and constitutional law in matters such as initiation customs or the rights of women, children, and homosexual people? What are the limitations on artistic freedom in a society where sensitivities over colonial-... more...

  • Uncommon Culturesby Jim Collins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    Jim Collins argues that postmodernism and popular culture have together undermined the master system of "culture." By looking at a wide range of texts and forms he investigates what happens to the notion of culture once different discourses begin to envision that culture in conflicting ways, constructing often contradictory visions of it simultaneously. more...

  • Artistic Livesby Kirsten Forkert

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 109.95

    Artistic Lives challenges recent policy discourses that celebrate the ability of cultural producers to create something from nothing, and, more generally, the myth of creativity as an individual phenomenon, divorced from social context. Presenting rich interview material with artists and arts professionals in London and Berlin, together with ethnographic... more...

  • Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewificationby Neil Levi

    Fordham University Press 2013; US$ 41.99

    Why were modernist works of art, literature, and music that were neither by nor about Jews nevertheless interpreted as Jewish? In this book, Neil Levi explores how the antisemitic fantasy of a mobile, dangerous, contagious Jewish spirit unfolds in the antimodernist polemics of Richard Wagner, Max Nordau, Wyndham Lewis, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine, reaching... more...

  • The Freak-gardeby Robin Blyn

    University of Minnesota Press 2013; US$ 82.50

    The Freak-garde traces the arts of the freak show from P. T. Barnum to Matthew Barney, demonstrating how a form of mass culture entertainment became the basis for a distinctly American avant-garde tradition. Robin Blyn establishes innovative approaches to American avant-garde practices and embodiment and lays the foundation for a more nuanced understanding... more...

  • Colors of Enchantmentby Sherifa Zuhur

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 12.99

    In this companion volume to the successful Images of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East (AUC Press, 1998), historian and ethnomusicologist Sherifa Zuhur has once again commissioned and edited authoritative essays from noteworthy scholars from around the globe that explore the visual and performing arts in the Middle East. What... more...