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  • Feltby Chris Thompson

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 82.50

    Felt provides a nonlinear look at the engagement of the postwar avant-garde with Eastern spirituality, a context in which the German artist Joseph Beuys appears as an uneasy shaman. Centered on a highly publicized yet famously inconclusive 1982 meeting between Beuys and the Dalai Lama, arranged by the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, Chris Thompson explores... more...

  • Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Russianby Smorodinskaya

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    This addition to the highly successful Contemporary Cultures series covers the period from period 1953, with the death of Stalin, to the present day. Both ?Russian? and ?Culture? are defined broadly. ?Russian? refers to the Soviet Union until 1991 and the Russian Federation after 1991. Given the diversity of the Federation in its ethnic composition... more...

  • Total Chaosby Jeff Chang

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 18.95

    The author of the award-winning Can?t Stop, Won?t Stop assembles the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the future of the most important cultural movement of our time 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...