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Distant Early Warning: Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde

Alex Kitnick

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226753317
eISBN:
9780226753591
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226753591.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Marshall McLuhan is best known as a media theorist but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains ... More


Breaking Glass to Save the Frame: William Carlos Williams and Company

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199796557
eISBN:
9780199932542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796557.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores the polarity between spectator or readerly irrelevance on the one hand and bodily incorporation of the reader’s body on the other, to investigate writers and artists who ... More


Introduction: Mechanical Recording and the Modern Arts

Michael North

in Camera Works: Photography and the Twentieth-Century Word

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195173567
eISBN:
9780199787906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173567.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Recording methods such as photography seemed to offer a new and more immediate method of transcribing sense impressions. They seemed to constitute a new and better form of writing. This introductory ... More


Infrathin: An Experiment in Micropoetics

Marjorie Perloff

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226712635
eISBN:
9780226712772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226712772.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The term “poetry” is currently used loosely to describe any piece of writing—usually fairly short—that is lineated. But surely the poetry that is memorable, that we read and reread and cite to ... More


The American Eccentrics

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195099362
eISBN:
9780199864737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter discusses Harry Partch and “ corporeality”; the music theater of Partch (“Delusion of the Fury”, “Revelation in the Courthouse Park”) and his ideas about tuning, instruments, and voice; ... More


The Bride is Dance

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199772612
eISBN:
9780199949670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772612.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter uses Marcel Duchamp’s well-known sculpture The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even as a metaphor for a particular kind of courtship that is identified as present throughout the ... More


Recycling the Readymade: Marcel Duchamp and the Rendez-Vous in Walkaround Time

Carrie Noland

in Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226541105
eISBN:
9780226541389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226541389.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter establishes the historical and aesthetic links between Cunningham and Marcel Duchamp through an analysis of Walkaround Time (1968), a dance based on Duchamp's Large Glass, and René ... More


The Age of Mechanical Production

Alex Kitnick

in Distant Early Warning: Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226753317
eISBN:
9780226753591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226753591.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores how McLuhan’s interest in the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp allowed him to innovate a wry brand of cultural criticism that would in turn influence artists such as ... More


Reflection: efficient causation in art

Tina Rivers Ryanp

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

One of the central assumptions of Western art is that the artist is the efficient cause of the work of art. One source of this idea is the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, who famously refused to ... More


Limbswish: Baroness Elsa’s “Ready-to-Wear” Poem-Objects

Yasna Bozhkova

in Modernist Objects: Literature, Art, Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781949979503
eISBN:
9781800341470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979503.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the interrelation between the everyday object and the art object in the work of New York Dada poet, pioneer assemblage sculptor and performance artist Baroness Elsa von ... More


On Duchamp and Beuys as Latin American Writers

Héctor Hoyos

in Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168427
eISBN:
9780231538664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores appropriations of the concerns and methods of contemporary art as a strategy for global inscription by offering a reading of César Aira's “Duchamp en México” (1997) and Mario ... More


Re-Reading the Machine Age: The ‘Audacious Modernity’ of the Techno-Bathetic Avant-Gardes

Eric B. White

in Reading Machines in the Modernist Transatlantic: Avant-Gardes, Technology and the Everyday

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474441490
eISBN:
9781474490856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441490.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 explores how the proto-Dada artists of New York City proposed new ways of reading Machine Age America. Rather than invoking the power and efficiency of its machines and infrastructure, it ... More


Overture: Why Kant Got It Right

Thierry de Duve

in Aesthetics at Large: Volume 1: Art, Ethics, Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226546568
eISBN:
9780226546872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226546872.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

What are aesthetic judgments according to Kant? How do they work? What do they mean to us? Why do we make them? In simple terms, this chapter argues that in supposing the presence of the faculty of ... More


Cessation and inaction externe: Gertrude Stein and Marcel Duchamp

Zuzanna Ladyga

in The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474442923
eISBN:
9781474477031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter focuses on modernist fascination with vitality and movement to show how this “vitalocentric” tendency is matched by a cultural countercurrent of the aesthetics of cessation. The chapter ... More


The Life of a Shopgirl: Art and the Everyday

Catherine Driscoll

in Modernist Cultural Studies

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034249
eISBN:
9780813038421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034249.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The shopgirl is one of those “types” that Walter Benjamin describes as the only way people can appear in the marketplace. In The Gender of Modernity (1995), Rita Felski discusses a set of types by ... More


Contemporary Art: Art Contemporary with Itself

Steve Redhead

in The Jean Baudrillard Reader

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748627882
eISBN:
9780748671182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627882.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This is an extract from Baudrillard’s The Intelligence of Evil or The Lucidity Pact, with an editorial overview


Postscript: “Castle of Purity”

Kálra Móricz

in Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250888
eISBN:
9780520933682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250888.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter cites an excerpt from Octavio Paz's “The Castle of Purity,” an essay on Marcel Duchamp. In ancient religions, purity and impurity were strongly associated with taboos. Western culture ... More


The Bride Stripped Bare

Nicholas Mee

in Celestial Tapestry: The Warp and Weft of Art and Mathematics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198851950
eISBN:
9780191886690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851950.003.0020
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Hinton’s writing on higher dimensions influenced artists as well as writers. Chapter 19 looks at how higher-dimensional geometry influenced the development of the visual arts in the twentieth ... More


Genealogy of the surrealist work refusal

Abigail Susik

in Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781526155016
eISBN:
9781526166470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526155023.00008
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

Chapter 1, ‘Genealogy of the surrealist work refusal’, reviews the development of a surrealist discourse of work refusal in French surrealist texts and statements primarily from the 1920s and 1930s ... More


Indexicality: A Trauma of Signification

Margaret Iversen

in Photography, Trace, and Trauma

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226370026
eISBN:
9780226370330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226370330.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Photography

This chapter is a re-evaluation of the concept of indexicality as introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce and revived by Rosalind Krauss’s ground-breaking two-part article, “Notes on the Index”, of ... More


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