Beyond Words: The Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature




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American Studies


American “Outsider”: Stories from the Irish Traveller Diaspora

T.Foy Vernon, with Mícheál Ó'hAodha, editor, 9781847183927


Of all of the world’s countries, America is the one that we all think we know. World globalization and the dominance of English language and American idiom makes us secure in our “knowledge” of what the United States is and who her people are. This book jettisons all such pre-conceptions. It affords a window on the American experience that eschews many of the hackneyed representations of old. It throws back the curtains on the hidden lives of a people who quietly live along the dusty weave of a Mid-West highway. Small towns, woods and wayside stops. Like passengers in the rear of the truck, we are brought on a journey of “life as it is lived” for the quintessential “people of the road”―the Irish―American Pavees (Travellers). This book is a small glimpse of a distinct culture, language and a way of life. As bravely-written as it is unique, this is the story of a people who have lived in the shadows of rumour, hearsay and a hot summer sun. Strange, yet familiar. These are the shy migrants of the nameless road.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Talosc-from-the-Tohm-Munkri---Stories-from-some-Midwestern-Pavee1-84718-392-1.htm


Beyond Words: The Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature

Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin, 9781847183705


This is a book about reading, or rather about the moment when the usual frames of interpretation no longer apply. That is where the Othering Excursion begins. Through disruptive forms of rhetoric, writers discard the structures and norms of the cultural system and use the disorders thus created to suggest what lies beyond it. Cultivating distortion, conceptual blocks and chaotic constructions, their texts flout normal processes of interpretation. Whereas traditional approaches often overlook these disorders or treat them as a form of informational noise, in this study they become the basis of critical reflection. Harding and Martin elaborate a critical concept and a range of reading methods to deal with what seem to be zones of obscurity in literary texts. Cutting across boundaries of race, ethnicity and gender, they treat a wide range of poetry and short fiction that challenges traditional interpretations. Giving new readings of canonical texts, the book examines works by American authors that are widely read and taught, like Elizabeth Bishop, A.R. Ammons, Don DeLillo, Leslie Marmon Silko, or Sandra Cisneros. At the same time, it includes studies of emerging writers like Kate Braverman, Dan Chaon, or Chase Twichell.


"There is something deeply moving in witnessing the birth of a new concept. And indeed Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin’s concept of “Othering” is a welcome addition to an already crowded field, where concepts like “difference”, “alterity” or “hybridity” are firmly established. But the new concept is more than an addition, it is more in the nature of a substitution, as it aims to replace the now exhausted concepts, allows the authors to avoid the trivialities of a criticism based on gender and race, and, by focusing on form and language (or style), to recapture the now largely lost intuitions of close reading. This combination of close reading and a firm grasp of theory is one of the attractions of the book. I am impressed by their mastery of the intricacies of theory and the range of their literary corpus (in terms both of genres and texts). I have no doubt that their book will be a major contribution to the renewal of the study of contemporary American literature."

—Professor Jean-Jacques Lecercle, University of Nanterre, Paris


In Beyond Words, Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin offer “a new attitude to reading” that approaches true diversity by ignoring trends toward traditional groupings of authors by race and gender and instead examining, democratically, recent American literature in terms of its unique and peculiar achievements. In choosing texts that employ “the rhetoric of the inexpressible,” the authors have identified “Othering” as the common thread running through short fiction and poetry by authors as varied as Allen Ginsberg, Raymond Carver, Sandra Cisneros, Adrienne Rich, and Li-Young Lee. In transliterating the language of the ineffable and unspoken, Beyond Words employs its superbly original methodology toward unfolding previously inaccessible layers of meaning and provoking a fuller understanding of the creative process and its cultural milieu.

—Michael Waters, Professor of English at Salisbury University, USA


"A germinal study from an "other" (in this case, European) perspective of an at once idiosyncratic and indicative range of American texts with a view of how they, themselves, encounter the unexamined and unexpected."

—Marilyn Hacker, Professor at City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center


"Invigorating and original, Beyond Words: The Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature challenges conventional ways of approaching literary texts. Eschewing binaries, Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin propose a new approach to reading and analyzing the heterogeneity of recent American literature. By juxtaposing both well-known and less-familiar poetry and short fiction by authors as various as Gayl Jones, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, and Marilyn Nelson, Harding and Martin consider a stimulating variety of texts that cross aesthetic, generic, canonical and political boundaries. Harding and Martin’s polysemous approach to literary texts, a procedure they call “othering,” is groundbreaking and enlightening. Beyond Words provides rich insights for scholars and general readers alike. Harding and Martin’s new mapping of American literature is a remarkable achievement, certain to provoke dialogue for decades to come."

—Sue Standing, Jane Ruby Professor of English, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts


"In this new book with the apt title Beyond Words: the Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature, Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin promise to generate intense conversation about their conceptual approach to reading canonical, as well as newer texts in late twentieth century American literature. Beyond Words favors a shift in thinking about all texts that defy conventional analysis, and it resists the cleavages that it finds in unsatisfactory terms like “alterity” and “hybridity” conceived to account for differences in gender-racial, ethnic, and class contexts. Re-conceiving Othering as a corroborative and complementary methodology rather than a splintered one, Beyond Words invites an illuminating, comprehensive analysis of literary production in late twentieth century American texts."

—Helena Woodard, Associate Professor of English, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin, USA


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Beyond-Words--The-Othering-Excursion-in-Contemporary-Am.htm


Business, Finance and Economics


Emerging Business Theories for Educators and Practitioners

Maureen L. Mackenzie and Stuart L. Rosenberg, 9781847183675


We believe that this book provides an excellent starting point for students to gain a greater appreciation of the range of issues that managers contend with in the business world. Each individual chapter offers valuable insight into a particular topic, yet in the aggregate, the book serves as a compendium for many of the emerging business theories. It is our hope that educators will find this book a valued tool as they help their students embrace the theoretical and to develop the applied.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Emerging-Business-Theories-for-Educators-and-Practition.htm


Going Abroad: Travel, Tourism, and Migration. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Mobility

Christine Geoffroy and Richard Sibley, 9781847183941


Going Abroad is a book not only for scholars, academics and students who are interested in different approaches to mobility, but also for non-specialists who wish to explore and understand what lies behind the various forms of travel, tourism and migration that are central to today’s—and no doubt tomorrow’s—globalized world.

If you are tempted by emigration, enjoy being a tourist, or just love the adventure of travel, real or imaginary, you can embark on a journey of discovery through time and across the continents to explore and reflect on diverse visions of mobility. The practical problems and the differing states of mind experienced by past and present emigrants to France, Spain, Morocco, Capri, Latin America, Canada and Australia, the impact of immigration on the host communities, and the reactions of turn-of-the-century French immigrants to Britain, offer contrasting and complementary perspectives. Along with the real and symbolic meanings of the apparently mundane act of crossing the Channel, stranger forms of travel are also explored: Filipino sailors who are neither at home nor abroad, backpacking across four continents, the real and the fantasized exotic in nineteenth-century orientalist art, and the sanitized utopias of today’s theme parks.

Within an inter-disciplinary and a cross-cultural framework, the book explores the terminology, concepts and methodology of a subject which has become the focus of curricula in many academic courses.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Going-Abroad--Travel--Tourism--and-Migration--Cross-Cultural-Perspectives-on-Mobility1-84718-394-8.htm


Education


Emerging Business Theories for Educators and Practitioners

Maureen L. Mackenzie and Stuart L. Rosenberg, 9781847183675


We believe that this book provides an excellent starting point for students to gain a greater appreciation of the range of issues that managers contend with in the business world. Each individual chapter offers valuable insight into a particular topic, yet in the aggregate, the book serves as a compendium for many of the emerging business theories. It is our hope that educators will find this book a valued tool as they help their students embrace the theoretical and to develop the applied.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Emerging-Business-Theories-for-Educators-and-Practition.htm


Film and Theatre Studies


The Cultural Politics of Heiner Müller

Dan Friedman, 9781847183965


Heiner Müller was perhaps the most politically and artistically sophisticated and provocative of Europe’s post-World War II playwrights.

He was a communist whose work was banned for years by the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic where he lived and worked. Müller offended the bureaucrats and political thugs who ran East Germany with his brutal, beautiful and honest dissection of the culture and politics in Eastern Europe. At the same time, Müller infuriated (or at least annoyed) the anti-communists and liberals of the West because he refused to leave the GDR or become a “dissident.”

Starting as a protégé of Bertolt Brecht, Müller evolved into one of the great innovative poets of the 20th century, writing texts for the stage that seem to defy the limitations of the theater. Not only do his later texts have no plot, they are often devoid of specific characters and even dialogue. His work is a bridge between modernism and postmodernism in the theatre as well as between the East-West conflicts that defined the Cold War and the North-South conflicts are emerging in the post-communist world.

In this unique collection, the first to focus on his cultural politics, some of the world’s leading Müller scholars and directors grapple with the political, artistic and ethical implications of Müller’s life and work at the start of the 21st Century.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/The-Cultural-Politics-of-Heiner-Muller1-84718-396-4.htm


Fine Arts


Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art

Kelly A. Wacker, 9781847183873


Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art is a collection of essays by an international cadre of scholars addressing current trends within the field of contemporary art and how artists and architects reflect upon past traditions and fold them into the present. Often referred to as the Neo-Baroque, scholarship on this topic first emerged in the 1980s with the publication of several notable studies in France (but not translated into English until the 1990s); in addition, a number of recent exhibitions have focused on contemporary responses to the Baroque. The Baroque and the Neo-Baroque are frequently defined as having a propensity for instability, seriality, reflexivity, fluidity, and spectacle. This is perhaps partly why, in the millennial period, there is so much interest in the Baroque—we are seeking ways to find parallels between the art of then and the art of our own diverse, pluralistic culture. This book provides context for how contemporary artists meet and deal with the Baroque both formally and conceptually. Among others, it provides discussions of the work of American artists John Currin, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Lisa Yuskavage; American architect, Frank Gehry; European artists Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Emilio Vedova; Latin American artists Monica Castillo, Raphael Cauduro, Yishai Judisman; and New Zealand artists, Richard Reddaway and Joanna Langford.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Baroque-Tendencies-in-Contemporary-Art-1-84718-387-5.htm


Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism

Karen Frostig and Kathy A. Halamka, 9781847183767


How has feminism matured over the years?

What are the pressing agendas for today’s feminists working in the arts?


Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism, emerges as a navigational text, celebrating past victories while charting new directions for today’s second wave and third wave feminists. A feminist anthology, Blaze is comprised of feminist artists, art historians, critics, journalists, curators, interdisciplinary artists, and arts administrators of diverse backgrounds, living across the United States. The book grows out of the 2006 Annual National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) conference, held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Blaze features 15 detailed and well-documented feminist histories that narrate a number of pertinent strands of activism regarding feminist art, scholarship, and organizational development while exploring current crossroads. Conversations occur between myriad groups of women: second wave to third wave; third wave to second wave; second wave to second wave; third wave to women who do not identify themselves as feminists. The book addresses a number of timely issues related to representation, work, collaboration, environmental interventions, and social justice platforms.

Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism captures feminists arts professionals working together across differences. In a world filled with strife, it is this form of engagement that inspires continued activism.


For further information, please also see www.blazediscourse.com


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Blaze--Discourse-on-Art--Women-and-Feminism.htm


In the Place of Sound: Architecture | Music | Acoustics

Colin Ripley, with Marco Polo and Arthur Wrigglesworth, 9781847183750


In early June 2006, a group of over one hundred artists and researchers met for a three-day conference in the Architecture Building at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, to discuss—from as many different viewpoints as possible—the varying relationships between sound and space. This conference was part of soundaXis, a city-wide festival involving most of Toronto’s new music community and organised by the Toronto Coalition of New Music Presenters. Out of the lively discussions at this conference, two primary themes emerged: the fraught condition of the relationship between sound as space, and the problematic role of representation and its twin, translation, in any discussion of this relationship.


This book presents thirteen essays taken from the conference which address one, or both, of these primary themes. In addition, seven graphic essays have been included which present projects in which architects explicitly take on sound as a generating material in their designs.


The resulting chapters in the book provide a diverse and, hopefully, provocative collection of ideas and images. They are meant not so much as a comprehensive study of the sound|space nexus—such a study may not actually be possible—but as a place to begin the discussion.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Architecture---Music---Acoustics.htm

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