Friday, May 01, 2020

A Teacher's Guide to Historical and Contemporary Kumeyaay Culture #sdsupress #SDSU

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A Teacher's Guide to Historical and Contemporary Kumeyaay Culture
(A Supplemental Resource for Third and Fourth Grade Teachers)  

From the Introduction: "The first version of this project was produced as part of a master’s thesis at San Diego State University. Geralyn Hoffman completed her B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology at Boston University and her M.A. in Anthropology at San Diego State University--later on becoming the Education Coordinator at the San Diego Museum of Man. Lynn Gamble is Associate Professor and Director of the Collections Management Program in the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University. Her recent publications have focused on a wide range of topics, including the origin of the plank canoe in the New World, the emergence of a ranked society among the Chumash Indians, trading activities in Southern California, adaptations to paleoclimatic change, and the challenges surrounding site preservation in the United States. Her recent research entails working with the Kumeyaay on both sides of the border in the interpretation of cultural landscapes and material culture. 

This guide was published with the generous support of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, and the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias."


Wednesday, April 29, 2020



The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism

If Dada and the European Avant-garde are your thing, then brace yourself for Gerald Janecek's ZAUM. According to Charlotte Douglas (Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU), Janecek’s Zaum "is an encyclopedic account of zaum or 'beyonsense,' the most distinctive feature of Russian avant-garde art and poetry early in the 20th century. Janecek has mined a myriad of arcane and inaccessible sources, gathered the entire historical record in one place, and made it readable and comprehensible. His account of zaum theory and practice will be indispensable for anyone interested in modern poetry and art. Certainly it will become a standard text for all students of Russian Futurism."

Author Bio
GERALD JANECEK is a professor emeritus of Russian at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 19001930ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism; and Sight and Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry; and the editor of Staging the Image: Dmitry Prigov as Artist and Writer.

Book Review
"Should such poetic brinkmanship be granted a place in poetry? Yes, argues Janecek, because it is a value working against the automatization of language and thus of life. More than eighty years after its inception, it is indeed remarkable that Zaum is still controversial, still avant-garde, still denigrated as having gone too far. In sum, Janecek's work is an extraordinarily comprehensive piece of scholarship, which succeeds in compressing several books' worth of research into one. He has raised the study of Zaum to a new level and in doing so has dampened none of its vitality." 

- Crispin Brooks, University of London