Monday, June 01, 2020

Representations of Fashion: The Metropolis and Mediological Reflection between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth Centuries #sdsupress

Representations of Fashion: The Metropolis and Mediological Reflection between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth Centuries (Bi Sheng/Juan Pablos Digitovisuo Artifacts Series) 

Interpretations and Reviews

Interpretation from:
FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA | Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University

The rest of us interpreters of culture might as well lay pens to rest. Antonio Rafele’s rapid injection in the arm spirals us down through rabbit holes where we glimpse with penetrating insight projections of our urban-made psychic selves. As if lucid dreaming, we come to understand how authors such as Poe, Leopardi, and García Márquez offer pit-stops in our otherwise impossibly fast-forward moving, Ritalin-induced life filled to the brim with TV, internet, and videogames. We can reach through this illusion, but choose instead to buy into the discontinuities of fashion that never quite satiate our existential emptiness. Not since Baudrillard, Barthes, McLuhan, and the Wachowski Bros has such a mind come along who can zip open reality to show with such precision the specular and spectacular nature of our existence...Dare if you will to step into this daydream.

Review from:
RYAN SCHNEIDER | Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English and Affiliated Faculty, Program in American Studies, Purdue University

“In this provocative and pathbreaking book, Rafele shows us how a mediological approach can radically and productively reframe our understanding of modernist subjectivity. His lyrical meditations on the works of Simmel and Benjamin reveal the extent to which 20th century notions of subjectivity must be understood in relation to 19nth-century concepts of the metropolis and the technology of photography. If you've ever wondered what the ‘New’ in New Media Studies might actually look like, you'll find a compelling example in this brilliantly-conceived and well-executed study.”

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Alle Kunstler: War--Revolution--Weimar : German Expressionist Prints, Posters, and Periodicals from the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation -- SDSU Press

 SDSU Press Presents

By Ida Katherine Rigby

Rigby's Book Cover
Art historian Ida Katherine Rigby's Alle Künstler! War, Revolution, Weimar: German Expressionist Prints, Drawings, Posters, and Periodicals allows readers to experience the anguish, frustration, and desperate experimentation which characterized German society in the wake of its bitter defeat in World War I. This cultural tumult (and ensuing aesthetic revolution) are nowhere more apparent than in the graphic posters, prints, and book/periodical illustrations produced by German Expressionist artists who joined the effort to reshape society between 1918 and 1922. In a bracing and profusely illustrated study, Rigby analyzes these artists' attempts to integrate art into the movement for social reform, and their eventual disillusioned withdrawal into realism. Although such well known artists as Kàuathe Kollwitz, George Grosz, and Otto Dix are given full consideration, an important feature of this book is the attention it pays to the minor figures who, many argue, were the most characteristic representatives of the Expressionist movement.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Back in Print: Tijuana: History of a Mexican Metropolis

Now on sale for $7 off the cover price: Back in print--a classic study of Tijuana from SDSU Press ... more info and purchase here: More info: Tijuana: History of a Mexican Metropolis by T. D. Proffitt, III ISBN: 0-916304-90-6 Paper / $34.50 1994

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Men Underground: Working Conditions of British Coal Miners Since Nationalization -- San Diego State University Press

(Social Science Monograph Series, Vol. 1 - Number 4)

Paperback: 155 pages 
Language: English

Book Description:
Take a deeper look into the book
Clinton E. Jencks' "Men Underground: Working Conditions of British Coal Miners Since Nationalization" offers an analysis of wages, working conditions, and human relations in British coal mines before and after public ownership was established in 1947. Presented in a non-technical style, the text is accessible to the general reader. It is amply augmented with supplements which include photographs, charts, and tables of statistics on wages. An extensive bibliography on sources and collateral references is included. "Men Underground" is a valuable work for libraries with research collections in the social sciences, as well as for those interested in miners, labor relations, or the controversy over public and private ownership. Originally published in 1969.

Jenecks from the movie, "Salt of the Earth"
About the Author:
Clinton Jencks, (March 1, 1918 – December 15, 2005), was a lifelong activist in labor and social justice causes, most famous for union organizing among New Mexico's miners, acting in the 1954 film Salt of the Earth (where he portrayed "Frank Barnes", a character based on himself), and enduring years of government prosecution for allegedly falsifying a Taft-Hartley non-communist affidavit. Jencks' years in New Mexico were marked by an upsurge of local Chicano labor activism at the same time that left-wing unions were withstanding employer offensives, and anticommunist legislation. Jencks helped consolidate a Chicano leadership of Mine-Mill Local 890...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In the Shape of a Human Body I Am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide by Ilya Kaminsky #sdsupress

In the Shape of a Human Body I Am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide

 "In short, we aspired to create the book that we ourselves most wanted to read. We hope these pages provide you with some of the pleasures and edifications that we experienced while putting it together."

―Ilya Kaminsky, Dominic Luxford, and Jesse Nathan
San Diego and San Francisco, 2017

Book Description: From Rae Armantrout to Adam Zagajewski, In the Shape of a Human Body I Am Visiting the Earth is a chorus of voices from around the globe and across generations. A compendium of some of our beloved poems from our favorite poets, this slim anthology is the perfect companion for cafés, road trips, bathtubs, shuttle expeditions, and any other situation in need of the genuinely human

Challenges and Goals
The challenges of creating any poetry anthology are, of course, many, and those challenges become exponential when one may include any poem written by any poet at any point in history. We chose, if not exactly to ignore these challenges, then to take them with a Parnassus-sized grain of salt. Perfection or anything resembling ―flawlessness―in art―much less in a multi-author selection of poetry from around the world, over centuries―is as inherently impossible as flawlessness in translation. Our goal instead became something like the opposite of comprehensiveness. In order to make what you hold in your hands as readable as possible (as opposed to yet another guilt-inducing door-stopper), we gradually honed the available material until we arrived at a collection that we felt was wide in its reach, but still elegant; unpredictable, yet cohesive.

Editor - Ilya Kasminsky 
Ilya Kasminsky
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and currently lives in San Diego. He's the author of Dancing In Odessa, and the co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. With Jean Valentine, he has co-translated Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva.
Editor - Dominic Luxford
Dominic Luxford
Dominic Luxford was raised on a sheep farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, and currently lives in San Francisco. He edited The McSweeney's Book of Poets Picking Poets, has been the Believer magazine's poetry editor since 2007, and co-founded the McSweeney's Poetry Series. 

Editor - Jesse Nathan 
Jesse Nathan
Jesse Nathan was born in Berkeley, grew up on a farm in Kansas, and lives now in San Francisco. He's the author of several chapbooks, including Cloud 9, and is a co-founding editor of the McSweeney's Poetry Series. He's completing a PhD in poetry and poetics at Stanford.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Study of Italian Experimental Poetry -- Voyage to the end of the Word -- SDSU Press #sdsupress

Voyage to the end of the word
A study of Italian experimental poetry by one of Europe's most noted and innovative writers and another fine volume on the avant garde by SDSU Press

Voyage to the End of the World encapsulates the spirit of the poet through its discussion and inclusion of various forms of puns, visuality, neologisms, and the full range of devices that poets have relied on to expand the capabilities of expressive language for years! 

Rento Barilli
Renato Barilli, critic and literary historian of Italian art was born in Bologna in 1935; he teaches aesthetics and art history at the University of Bologna. Barilli came to fame in the 1960s, part of a new European avant-garde movement that culminated in what came to be called "Group 63". As a literary critic, he was associated with, among other things, the French nouveau roman, the contemporary Italian fiction and the latest trends of the avant-garde poetry. As an art critic, has covered cutting-edge aesthetics, from pop art to body art and his work is particularly focused on the avant-garde and the relationship between art and technology, and in particular between art and computers. 

More Insight 
A painting of Rento Barilli from an Italian newspaper
In 1996 he published an impressive essay "The Dawn of the Contemporary: European Art from Fiissli to Delacroix", which analyzes some of the most important examples of modern and contemporary art. In "Comedy of Kafka" (1999), Barilli gives an interpretation of Freud's reading of the famous German writer.