Claferences

Works : in order of appearance

Raunig, Gerald. 2010. A Thousand Machines. L.A.: Semiotext<e>.
An excellent resource for Marxist, Operaist and other analytical modes of capitalist criticism. This series by Semiotext<e> is excellent.

Wolf, Eric R. 1982. Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley: UCal Press Ltd.
One of my favourite books right now: a thoroughgoing analysis of global political economy in three parts—i. pre-contact; oo. colonial eras; c. capitalism. This text helped a lot with the idea of borderless interchange.

Clifford, James. 1986. “Introduction: Partial Truths” in Writing Culture: the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, James Clifford & George E. Marcus <eds.>. Berkeley: Ucal Press Ltd.                                                                                                                                               This text revolutionized anthropology at the time of its publication, and is still wildly relevant today. ‘Kinda put the ‘social’ back in social science. It helped with this seminar formulation in the sense that it encouraged interplay between disciplines. Many excellent essays within.

Gluck, Louise. 2008. In Wisdom and Metaphor by Jan Zwicky. Kentville NS: Gaspereau Press.
Gluck’s understanding of poetry’s task in relation to language, consciousness and experience is flabbergasting. This entire collection of dialogues between Zwicky and her counterparts is a treasure. It helped me bring a theoretical face of poetry to bear on ethnography.

Schneider, Arnd & Wright, Christopher. 2006. Contemporary Art & Anthropology. NY: Berg.
This was the course text for a third-year anthropology of art I studied at UVic. The book examines practice, appropriations, case studies artists like Susan Hiller, Josef Sima, etc. and provides dialogic chapters with both anthro’s and artists. Top drawer.

Tedlock, Barbara. 1991. “from Participant Observation to the Observation of Participation: the Emergence of a Narrative Ethnography” in Journal of Anthropological Research. 47:1, 69-94.                                                                                                                           A compelling idea whose time has come: inter-subjectivity, the space between illuminating the voices, the balances of power and so forth.

Shapiro, Harvey. 2011. “Oppen” from “Four Poems” in Bomb 117/Fall 2011. Jackson MS.
Bomb is a great resource for “conversations between artists, writers, Actors, Directors and Musicians. I found this poem by Shapiro spoke to me so economically about the artist’s task: to pierce the veil of rhetoric and appearance and tell the truth.

Committee, the Invisible. 2007. The Coming Insurrection. L.A.: Semiotext<e>.
An eye-opening series of series <I think they are on the fifth series now?> The Coming Insurrection is an industrial colonic for the parts of our belief systems that typically get the least amount of light and heat. This book tells it like is and manages not to preach and     not sound like a hymnal for the barricades.

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