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Photography in the Middle: Dispatches on Media Ecologies and Aesthetics

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ISBN: 9780998237510 Year: Pages: 176 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0154.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Media and communication
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It’s easy to forget there’s a war on when the front line is everywhere encrypted in plain sight. Gathered in this book’s several chapters are dispatches on the role of photography in a War Universe, a space and time in which photographers such as Hilla Becher, Don McCullin and Eadweard Muybridge exist only insofar as they are a mark of possession, in the sway of larger forces. These photographers are conceptual personae that collectively fabulate a different kind of photography, a paraphotography in which the camera produces negative abyssal flashes or ‘endarkenment.’ In his Vietnam War memoir, Dispatches, Michael Herr imagines a ‘dropped camera’ receiving ‘jumping and falling’ images, images which capture the weird indivisibility of medium and mediated in a time of war. The movies and the war, the photographs and the torn bodies, fused and exchanged. Reporting from the chaos at the middle of things, Herr invokes a kind of writing attuned to this experience. Photography in the Middle, eschewing a high theoretical mode, seeks to exploit the bag of tricks that is the dispatch. The dispatch makes no grand statement about the progress of the war. Cultivating the most perverse implications of its sources, it tries to express what the daily briefing never can. Ports of entry in the script we’re given, odd and hasty little glyphs, unhelpful rips in the cover story, dispatches are futile, dark intuitions, an expeditious inefficacy. They are bleak but necessary responses to an indifferent world in which any action whatever has little noticeable effect.

The Subject of Race in American Science Fiction

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Book Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory ISBN: 9780203944486 9780415979016 9780415802895 9781135864590 9781135864583 9781135864545 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203944486 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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While the connections between science fiction and race have largely been neglected by scholars, racial identity is a key element of the subjectivity constructed in American SF. In his Mars series, Edgar Rice Burroughs primarily supported essentialist constructions of racial identity, but also included a few elements of racial egalitarianism. Writing in the 1930s, George S. Schuyler revised Burroughs' normative SF triangle of white author, white audience, and white protagonist and promoted an individualistic, highly variable concept of race instead. While both Burroughs and Schuyler wrote SF focusing on racial identity, the largely separate genres of science fiction and African American literature prevented the similarities between the two authors from being adequately acknowledged and explored. Beginning in the 1960s, Samuel R. Delany more fully joined SF and African American literature. Delany expands on Schuyler's racial constructionist approach to identity, including gender and sexuality in addition to race. Critically intertwining the genres of SF and African American literature allows a critique of the racism in the science fiction and a more accurate and positive portrayal of the scientific connections in the African American literature. Connecting the popular fiction of Burroughs, the controversial career of Schuyler, and the postmodern texts of Delany illuminates a gradual change from a stable, essentialist construction of racial identity at the turn of the century to the variable, social construction of poststructuralist subjectivity today.

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edgar --- rice --- burroughs --- genre --- schuylers --- black --- community --- farnhams --- freehold --- star

Frammenti di massificazione: le neoavanguardie anglo-germanofone, il cut-up di Burroughs e la pop art negli anni Sessanta e Settanta

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Book Series: Biblioteca di Studi di Filologia Moderna ISSN: 24208361 ISBN: 9788855181310 Year: Volume: 54 Pages: 270 DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-131-0
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Linguistics
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Frammenti di massificazione: le neoavanguardie anglo-germanofone, il cut-up di Burroughs e la pop art negli anni Sessanta e Settanta analyses the influence of William Seward Burroughs’ cut-up method on British and German-language neo-avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s from a comparative point of view, with particular attention to the literary context of the Federal Republic of Germany. In four chapters devoted to a profile of this American intellectual and artist, the origins, stylistic features and reception of the cut-up method, the author investigates the reasons for the success of this process, rediscovered by Burroughs and aiming at a reconstruction of text fragments to build up new textual entities. The last chapter is an overview of the most interesting of the uses of the cut-up method in artistic environments other than literary writing, documenting the transformation of a rebellious technique into a new form of expression, i.e. pop art.

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Burroughs --- Cut-up --- Dada --- Neo-avant-gardes --- Pop art --- 1968

World Beats

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Book Series: Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies ISBN: 9781611688979 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_605043 Language: English
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103465
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This fascinating book explores Beat Generation writing from a transnational perspective, using the concept of worlding to place Beat literature in conversation with a far-reaching network of cultural and political formations. Countering the charge that the Beats abroad were at best naïve tourists seeking exoticism for exoticism's sake, World Beats finds that these writers propelled a highly politicized agenda that sought to use the tools of the earlier avant-garde to undermine Cold War and postcolonial ideologies and offer a new vision of engaged literature. With fresh interpretations of central Beat authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs - as well as usually marginalized writers like Philip Lamantia, Ted Joans, and Brion Gysin - World Beats moves beyond national, continental, or hemispheric frames to show that embedded within Beat writing is an essential universality that brought America to the world and the world to American literature.

»Ich Tarzan.«

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Book Series: Science Studies ISBN: 9783839408827 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.14361/9783839408827 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Science (General)
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Im 19. Jahrhundert noch ein Skandalon, scheint die Vorstellung vom 'Affen in uns' heute eher faszinationsbesetzt. Die Soziobiologie und die Evolutionspsychologie reduzieren menschliches Verhalten auf ein genetisches Erbe aus der Evolution. Wohl keine Ikone der Populärkultur kündigte diese Wendung so plakativ an wie Tarzan, der von Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 erstmals in Szene gesetzte Affenmensch. Die interdisziplinären Beiträge in diesem Band orientieren sich an der seither in zahllosen Variationen repräsentierten Figur. Sie streben eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit den Diskursen um und den Bildern von Menschenaffen und Affenmenschen an.

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