Julietta Singh: Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (2018)

22 February 2019, dusan

“In Unthinking Mastery Julietta Singh challenges a core, fraught dimension of geopolitical, cultural, and scholarly endeavor: the drive toward mastery over the self and others. Drawing on postcolonial theory, queer theory, new materialism, and animal studies, Singh traces how pervasive the concept of mastery has been to modern politics and anticolonial movements. She juxtaposes destructive uses of mastery, such as the colonial domination of bodies, against more laudable forms, such as intellectual and linguistic mastery, to underscore how the concept—regardless of its use—is rooted in histories of violence and the wielding of power.

For anticolonial thinkers like Fanon and Gandhi, forms of bodily mastery were considered to be the key to a decolonial future. Yet as Singh demonstrates, their advocacy for mastery unintentionally reinforced colonial logics. In readings of postcolonial literature by J. M. Coetzee, Mahasweta Devi, Indra Sinha, and Jamaica Kincaid, Singh suggests that only by moving beyond the compulsive desire to become masterful human subjects can we disentangle ourselves from the legacies of violence and fantasies of invulnerability that lead us to hurt other humans, animals, and the environment.”

Publisher Duke University Press, Durham, 2018
ISBN 9780822369226, 0822369222
xi+201 pages

Reviews: Melinda Backer (ASAP Journal, 2018), Justyna Poray-Wybranowska (Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2018), Michael Mulvey (Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 2018).
Interview with author (Roberto Sirvent, Black Agenda Report, 2018)

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OAPEN
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Jean-Paul Curtay: La poésie lettriste (1974) [French]

31 October 2018, dusan

This is the first anthology of Lettrist poetry, with a lengthy historical essay by Jean-Paul Curtay and a selection of Lettrist documents.

Works by Isidore Isou, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Micheline Hachette, Jacqueline Tarkieltaub, François Poyet, Jean-Pierre Gillard, Jean-Paul Curtay, Françoise Canal, Gérard-Philippe Broutin, Patrick Poulain, Antoine Grimaud, Pierre Jouvet, Janie Van Den Driessche, Florence Villers, Sylvie Fauconnier, Jacqueline Panhelleux, Catherine Caron, Mona Fillières, and Sandra Scarnati.

Publisher Seghers, Paris, 1974
380 pages

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Andrea Andersson (ed.): Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art (2018)

13 October 2018, dusan

“One of the most important movements in twenty-first century literature is the emergence of conceptual writing. By knowingly drawing on the histories of art and literature, conceptual writing upended traditional categorical conventions.

Postscript is the first collection of writings on the subject of conceptual writing by a diverse field of scholars in the realms of art, literature, media, as well as the artists themselves. Using new and old technology, and textual and visual modes including appropriation, transcription, translation, redaction, and repetition, the contributors actively challenge the existing scholarship on conceptual art. Rather than segregating the work of visual artists from that of writers we are shown the ways in which conceptual art is, and remains, a mutually supportive interaction between the arts.”

Publisher University of Toronto Press, 2018
ISBN 1442649844, 9781442649842
xii+416 pages

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