Literary Criticism/Cultural Studies

Remembering Tobin Siebers

by Carolyn Darr February 5, 2015
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Renowned scholar and disability studies theorist Tobin Siebers passed away January 29 in Ann Arbor. His long and distinguished publishing record included the field-defining books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010), six other monographs, four edited collections, and a memoir, Among Men. MLive reports that Siebers, Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan, will be honored at a memorial service on February 6 at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the Michigan League.  

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Tzachi Zamir on his Philosophy of Acting

by Phillip Witteveen February 4, 2015
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Tzachi Zamir is a professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After a Ph.D. of pondering the nature of things, his accidental experiences with amateur acting led him to ponder the nature of performance. Zamir is the author of the first systematic philosophy of theater, Acts. This is not the first time he has done this, actually, having tackled subjects from Shakespeare to vegetarianism to animal rights. Nowadays, though, in the interstices between professional philosophizing, he’s been taking classes, and working in rehearsal for a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The Israeli newspaper Haaretz met with […]

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Francesca Royster’s ‘Sounding Like a No-No’ receives William Sanders Scarborough Prize Honorable Mention

by Phillip Witteveen December 18, 2014
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Every year, the Modern Language Association awards the William Sanders Scarborough Prize to the most outstanding contribution in studies of black literature or culture. The Press is proud to announce our own honorable mention in the running for this work of thought, Francesca Royster’s Sounding Like a No-No. Royster’s work places us in an era she calls “Post Soul,” and examines the eccentricities of its performance art and music. It asks us to consider the concepts of “embodied sound,” the distinctions between imaginative and corporeal freedom, and this irreducible sense of being in a world after slavery. Congratulations to Professor Royster! […]

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Matt Brim at the New York Public Library

by Phillip Witteveen November 25, 2014
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On December 2nd, at 7 p.m., the New York Public Library will be holding a release event for CUNY Professor Matt Brim’s upcoming James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination. Hosted in conversation, Brim will be opposite acclaimed novelist Ayana Mathis, (author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie) to discuss the complex man we have in James Baldwin, something Brim has put a considerable amount of thought into. The Library’s event will be held in its Wachenheim Trustees Room. You can find out more (and RSVP) here.        

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In Memoriam: Galway Kinnell

by Phillip Witteveen November 7, 2014
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Galway Kinnell – Pulitzer winning poet, essayist and teacher – died October 28, 2014 at age 87. He was a big, square-jawed guy, the kind it might seem you could blunt iron against; he wrote with the soul of a river or a son of Abraham. He did all this at a time of emergent New Criticism (after the advent and aftermath of Pound and Eliot’s Modernism), but didn’t seem to mind it too much (“it” in this case referring to “the sorting algorithm of popular culture”). He was more into the timeless stuff, or maybe better put, the stuff […]

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