The Potency of Images: Reading David Joselit’s After Art

  *David Joselit, After Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013). David Joselit’s book takes up the current condition of an accelerated and uncontrollably proliferating circulation of images, and specifically the […]

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C. Wright Mills’ Critique of Pragmatism: Remarks on Sociology and Pragmatism: The Higher Learning in America (1964)

Sociology and Pragmatism: The Higher Learning in America, published after C. Wright Mills’ untimely death in 1962, derives from his dissertation A Sociological Account of Pragmatism, written twenty years earlier. Mills’ […]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Georges Bataille’s Inner Experience

Georges Bataille, Inner Experience, trans. Stuart Kendall (Albany: State University Press of New York, 2014). Jean-Paul Sartre, “ A New Mystic,” in Critical Essays, trans. Chris Turner (London: Seagull Books, […]

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Totalitarian Interdisciplinarity: Critical Art Practice and Post-Socialist Cultural Politics

Many practitioners of the contemporary arts in the United States and Western Europe have embraced a programmatic interdisciplinarity as an integral aspect of their artistic practice, and in parallel, research […]

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