Walter Benn Michaels's critique of materiality ("The Shape of the Signifier," 2004) argues that a materialist position is ultimately a subjectivist position because it relies on a person's perspective, and therefore identity, to read that text's material components. Michaels ultimately questions the deconstructive critique of the sign, which turned the "sign" into "marks" and "traces."
From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers
Department of American Culture and Literature
30th Anniversary Conference
November 7 – 9, 2012
CONTAGION/CONTROL: Speculative Futures Graduate Colloquium
University of California, Santa Barbara
May 10-11, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Priscilla Wald
The aim of this paper is to analyze the way Samuel Beckett constructs time through the pictorial elements of Ohio Impromptu (OI): its unique aesthetic singularity, which sums up a variety of visual references in a perfect collage of art history; the variety of literary references that range from Dante to twentieth century writers; the sophistication of his work of "unwording language" to which he aspired; the in-between spaces created by Beckett open the doors for an in-between time, the time of reverie. The contemporary time-space collage, present in OI, makes also possible a state-of-the-art level of simulacrum – a state of replica so close to the original that we cannot separate the real image from the fake.
This Rough Magic is a journal dedicated to the teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that can be used inside the classroom. Essays can focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:
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In 1958, André Bazin asked: "What is cinema?" One of his objectives was to define the ontological specificity of the cinematographic art. In the following decades, this fundamental question was taken up and amplified. There were many answers to that initial question: most of them focused on the relation between screen and spectator. Today, in an era of digital images, with the democratization of cinematographic practices – in terms both of production and reception – it seems important to return to a definition of cinema in its technical specificity. One could approach the subject from three angles:
Call for Papers and Presentations:
The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University 2012
"Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars."
The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 6th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at George Mason University (Research 1 Building, Room 163) in Fairfax, Virginia.
In the frame of Historical Materialism Conference, London, 8-11 November 2012.
Machiavelli, Marxism, and the Revolutionary Tradition