By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of Desire deals a bracing selection of significant essays through John Gagnon, one of many top and most galvanizing figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, while he explored the concept sexuality is mediated via social tactics and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope throughout the Nineties, those essays represent an important entrée to the research of sexuality within the 20th century.
Gagnon can be most sensible referred to as the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a e-book that brought the seminal suggestion of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's greatly thought of to be crucial examine of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays accrued the following first hint the impact of scripting concept on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric versions of intercourse study. the amount then turns to more moderen essays that ponder such vexed matters as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, unsafe intercourse, and the social points of sexually transmitted illnesses.
By Theodor W. Adorno
The production of the Frankfurt institution of serious thought within the Nineteen Twenties observed the beginning of a few of the main interesting and hard writings of the 20th century. it really is out of this history that the good critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His best essays are gathered the following, providing the reader remarkable insights into Adorno’s ideas on tradition. He argued that the tradition commodified and standardized all artwork. In flip this suffocated individuality and destroyed serious considering. on the time, Adorno used to be accused of every little thing from overreaction to deranged hysteria through his many detractors. In today’s international, the place even the least cynical of customers knows the impression of the media, Adorno’s paintings takes on a extra rapid value. The tradition Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass tradition.
By Todd W. Reeser
Masculinities in conception is a transparent, concise, and finished advent to the sphere of masculinity stories from a humanities perspective.
• Serves as a much-needed advent to the sector for college students and students of cultural reviews, literature, paintings, movie, conversation, background, and gender studies
• comprises discussions of gay/queer, feminist, and gender reviews on the subject of masculinity
• Covers the major theoretical ways to the examine of masculinity, and introduces new models
• Explores the query ?What is masculinity and the way does it work???
• seems to be at language, discourse, signification, strength, cross-dressing, girl, queer?and transsexual masculinity, race and masculinity, country and masculinity, interracial masculinities, and masculinities in history.
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Photos: A Reader presents a key source for college kids, teachers, practitioners and different readers engaged within the severe, theoretical, and sensible learn of pictures. The Reader is anxious with the suggestion of the ‘image’ in all its theoretical, serious and useful contexts, makes use of and heritage. It presents a map of the variations and similarities among some of the disciplinary methods to photographs, breaking the floor for a brand new interdisciplinary learn of pictures, within the arts and arts and past. the choice of over eighty key readings, around the domain names of philosophy, paintings, literature, technological know-how, serious conception and cultural experiences tells the tale of pictures via highbrow background from the Bible to the current. by means of together with either well-established writings and newer, cutting edge study, the Reader outlines the most important advancements in modern discourses approximately pictures.
By Hasan Namir
A revelatory novel approximately being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a tender homosexual Iraqi suffering to discover a stability among his sexuality, faith, and tradition. Ammar is a sheikh whose information Ramy seeks, and whose tolerance is confirmed by way of his trust within the teachings of the Qur'an. choked with quiet moments of good looks and uncooked depictions of violence, God in purple poignantly captures the discomfort and the fortitude of Islamic existence in Iraq.
Hasan Namir used to be born in Iraq in 1987. God in purple is his first novel.
Lambda Literary Award finalist
By Rebecca Kinskey
Tune movies have been as soon as anything broadcast by means of MTV and got on our television monitors. this day, song video clips are hunted for, downloaded, and considered on our computing device displays -- or produced in our residing rooms and uploaded to social media. In We Used to Wait, Rebecca Kinskey examines this shift. She investigates song video as a form, initially a product created via pros to be ate up via nonprofessionals; as a practice, more and more taken up by way of amateurs; and as a literacy, to be experimented with and mastered. Kinskey bargains a brief heritage of the track video as a communicative, cultural shape, describing the increase and fall of MTV's Total Request Live and the track video's resurgence on YouTube. She examines contemporary shifts in viewing and construction perform, tracing the trajectory of track video director Hiro Murai from movie scholar and devoted novice within the Nineties to track video expert within the 2000s. Investigating track video as a literacy, she seems at OMG! Cameras in all places, a nonprofit filmmaking summer season camp run through a gaggle of younger tune video administrators. The OMG! campers and counselors supply a case learn in how cultural manufacturers throughout a number of generations have blurred the road among expert and novice. Their daily practices remake the idea of literacy, not just by way of their collaborative and infrequently casual efforts to impart and accomplish literacy but additionally through increasing the definition of what's thought of a worthwhile job, worthwhile of committed, pleasing pursuit.
By Scott F. Stoddart
AMC's episodic drama Mad males has turn into a cultural phenomenon, detailing America's preoccupation with commercialism and photo within the Camelot of Sixties Kennedy-era the USA, whereas self-consciously exploring present preoccupations. The 12 serious essays during this assortment supply a extensive, interdisciplinary method of this hugely appropriate tv exhibit, studying Mad males as a cultural barometer for modern matters with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. issues contain New Historicist parallels among the Nineteen Sixties and the current day, psychoanalytical methods to the convey, the self as commodity, and the "Age of Camelot" as an "Age of Anxiety," between others. a close solid record and episode advisor are incorporated.
This examine brings jointly paintings on masculinity in movie via proven movie students, lecturers, functionality artists, and cultural critics.
The essays examine: the function of homosexual males in saving heterosexuality; the emergence of the hot queer cinema; the resurgence of white masculinity; the exploration of masculinity in international warfare II movies; and the connection among nationhood and the male physique in Nineties Canadian cinema.
By Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Nick Montfort
This reader collects the texts, movies, and machine programs--many of them now nearly very unlikely to find--that chronicle the historical past and shape the basis of the still-emerging box of recent media. common introductions by way of Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, in addition to brief introductions to every of the texts, position the works of their ancient context and clarify their value. The texts have been initially released among global warfare II--when electronic computing, cybernetic suggestions, and early notions of hypertext and the web first appeared--and the emergence of the realm broad Web--when they entered the mainstream of public lifestyles. The texts are by means of machine scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and members operating throughout disciplines. The participants comprise (chronologically) Jorge Luis Borges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, Italo Calvino, Marshall McLuhan, Billy Kl?Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, invoice Viola, Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee. The CD accompanying the ebook includes examples of early video games, electronic artwork, self sustaining literary efforts, software program created at universities, and home-computer advertisement software program. additionally at the CD is digitized video, documenting new media courses and paintings for which no operational model exists. One instance is a video list of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, be aware processor, link, computer-supported cooperative paintings, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the reveal we now name non-overlapping home windows; one other is documentation of Lynn Hershman's Lorna, the 1st interactive video artwork install.
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