Academia

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Semiologist: A Tribute to Umberto Eco

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Semiologist: A Tribute to Umberto Eco

Many of Eco’s observations read true in our hyperkinetic era of the Internet, the experience economy, the Disneyfication of entertainment, the mega-blockbuster.

Can Queer Studies Rescue American Universities?

Can Queer Studies Rescue American Universities?

Matt Brim's Poor Queer Studies underscores the impact of poorer disciplines and institutions, which often do more to translate and apply transformative intellectual ideas in the world than do their ivory-tower counterparts.

UbuWeb’s Kenneth Goldsmith Writes the Book on Internet Archiving

UbuWeb’s Kenneth Goldsmith Writes the Book on Internet Archiving

Kenneth Goldsmith's Duchamp Is My Lawyer, a tale of the creation and upkeep of the anti-internet internet, UbuWeb, is highly engaging and avoids the risk of ploughing down theoretical wormholes of limited interest.

The Young and the Superpowered in Isolation: Revisiting Anne Dyson’s ‘Writing Superheroes’

What Has a Real Critic Got to Offer? On Stephanie Ross’ ‘Two Thumbs Up’

What Has a Real Critic Got to Offer? On Stephanie Ross’ ‘Two Thumbs Up’

Stephanie Ross' book on aesthetic philosophy, Two Thumbs Up, can be used as a dissertation template. Just expect -- like a critic -- to argue with it, at times.

‘Egress’ Mourns and Celebrates the Life and Work of Theorist Mark Fisher

‘Egress’ Mourns and Celebrates the Life and Work of Theorist Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher's insights are often obscured in Matt Colquhoun's personal/academic hybrid, Egress, which ranges far and wide over philosophy and pop culture.

‘Going Stealth’: Trans Politics and Surveillance Practices

‘Going Stealth’: Trans Politics and Surveillance Practices

When activists cooperate with a repressive state, who gets left behind?

Critical Noir: Confessions of a ThugNiggaIntellectual

Critical Noir: Confessions of a ThugNiggaIntellectual

If you need to know what the boundaries of diction are, listen to my reformed ghetto-ass.

How to Read Terry Eagleton’s ‘How to Read Literature’

How to Read Terry Eagleton’s ‘How to Read Literature’

Prolific literary critic Terry Eagleton tries to explain how but doesn't tell why, we shouldn't read about vacuum cleaners in How to Read Literature.

The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon

The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon

A certain species that thrive in English departments and creative writing programs make good fodder for satire in Dana Schwartz's The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon.

Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (By the Book)

Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (By the Book)

Escaping abjection's usual confines of psychoanalysis and aesthetic modernism, the contributors to Abjection Incorporated examine a range of media, including literature, photography, film, television, talking dolls, comics, and manga. Enjoy this generous excerpt, courtesy of Duke University Press.

Herb Childress and Christopher Stephens on the Plight of Itinerant Educators

Herb Childress and Christopher Stephens on the Plight of Itinerant Educators

Critic Herb Childress exposes some uncomfortable truths in The Adjunct Underclass that are both painfully difficult for adjunct professors to admit and essential reading for those concerned with the cultural and intellectual future of America.

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