Sense of Sight

By John Berger

With this provocative and infinitely relocating choice of essays, a preeminent critic of our time responds to the profound questions posed through the visible international. For while John Berger writes approximately Cubism, he writes not just of Braque, Léger, Picasso, and Gris, yet of that tremendous second early during this century while the realm converged round a marvelouis experience of promise. while he seems on the Modigiliani, he sees a man's countless love revealed in the elongated traces of the painted figure.
   Ranging from the Renaissance to the conflagration of Hiroshima; from the Bosphorus to big apple; from the woodcarvers of a French village to Goya, Dürer, and Van Gogh; and from inner most stories of affection and of loss to the foremost political upheavals of our time, The experience of Sight encourages us to work out with a similar breadth, braveness, and ethical engagement that its writer does. 

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Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art

A rare collection—hawk-eyed and understanding—from the fellow Booker Prize–winning, best-selling writer of The feel of an finishing and Levels of Life.

As Julian Barnes notes: “Flaubert believed that it was once most unlikely to give an explanation for one artwork shape when it comes to one other, and that groovy work required no phrases of clarification. Braque idea the proper nation will be reached once we stated not anything in any respect in entrance of a portray . . . however it is an extraordinary photo that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is just a little while prior to we wish to clarify and comprehend the very silence into which we've got been plunged.”

this can be the precise dynamic that informs his new e-book. In his 1989 novel A historical past of the area in 10½ Chapters, Barnes had a bankruptcy on Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, and because then he has written approximately many nice masters of 19th- and twentieth-century paintings, together with Delacroix, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. The seventeen essays accrued the following aid hint the arc from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism; they're adroit, insightful and, peculiarly, a real excitement to learn.

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Theorists of Modernist Poetry: T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme, Ezra Pound (Routledge Critical Thinkers)

By Rebecca Beasley

Modernist poetry heralded a thorough new aesthetic of experimentation, pioneering new verse kinds and matters, and altering the very concept of what it intended to be a poet. This quantity examines T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme and Ezra Pound, 3 of the main influential figures of the modernist move, and argues that we won't dissociate their daring, creative poetic kinds from their profoundly engaged theories of social and political reform.

Tracing the complicated theoretical foundations of modernist poetics, Rebecca Beasley examines:

  • the aesthetic modes and theories that shaped a context for modernism
  • the effect of up to date philosophical pursuits
  • the modernist critique of democracy
  • the significance of the 1st global struggle
  • modernism’s programmes for social reform.

This quantity deals precious perception into the modernist flow, in addition to demonstrating the deep effect of the 3 poets at the form and values of the self-discipline of English Literature itself. Theorists of Modernist Poetry is suitable not just to scholars of modernism, yet to all people with an curiosity in why we research, educate, learn and assessment literature the way in which we do.

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The Postmodern (The New Critical Idiom)

By Simon Malpas

Simon Malpas investigates the theories and definitions of postmodernism and postmodernity, and explores their effect in such components as identification, heritage, paintings, literature and tradition. In trying to map the several varieties of the postmodern, and the contrasting reports of postmodernity within the Western and constructing worlds, he seems to be heavily at:

* modernism and postmodernism
* modernity and postmodernity
* subjectivity
* history
* politics.

This precious guidebook will introduce scholars to quite a number key thinkers who've sought to query the modern state of affairs, and should allow readers to start to strategy the first texts of postmodern concept and tradition with confidence.

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Žižek: Beyond Foucault

By Fabio Vighi, Heiko Feldner

In Slavoj Zizek and Michel Foucault, this publication brings jointly of the main popular thinkers in modern severe thought. ranging from a serious overview of the Foucauldian paradigm of discourse research, it explores the theoretical scope and political effects of Zizek's combination of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian philosophy and Marxist politics. The comparability among the 2 thinkers throws into aid the commonalities and irreconcilable variations in their respective techniques to severe idea. by means of unmasking truth as contingent symbolic fiction, the authors argue, Foucauldian feedback has purely deconstructed the area in several methods; the purpose, although, is `to realize the true in what seems to be mere symbolic fiction' (Zizek) and to alter it.

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Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection

Social networking has grown right into a staple of contemporary society, yet its persisted evolution is changing into more and more damaging to our lives. Shifts in conversation and privateness are affecting us greater than we discover or understand. Terms of Service crystalizes this present second in know-how and contemplates its implications: the identity-validating pleasures and perils of on-line visibility; our newly followed view of everyday life throughout the lens of what's share-worthy; and the surveillance kingdom operated by way of social media platforms—Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others—to mine our own information for ads profit, an invasion of our lives that's as pervasive as executive spying.

Jacob Silverman demands social media clients to take again possession in their electronic selves from the Silicon Valley agencies who declare to grasp what is most sensible for them. Integrating politics, sociology, nationwide protection, popular culture, and expertise, he unearths the marvelous conformity on the center of net culture—explaining how social media businesses engineer their items to inspire shallow engagement and discourage dissent. Reflecting at the collapsed obstacles among our deepest and public lives, Silverman brings into concentration the interior clash we suppose whilst finding out what to percentage and what to "like," and explains how we will be able to take the stairs we have to unfastened ourselves from its grip.

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Philosophical Investigations

By Ludwig Wittgenstein

Incorporating major editorial alterations from past versions, the fourth variation of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations is the definitive en face German-English model of crucial paintings of 20th-century philosophy

  • The largely revised English translation comprises many hundreds and hundreds of alterations to Anscombe’s unique translation
  • Footnoted comments within the past versions have now been relocated within the text
  • What used to be formerly known as ‘Part 2’ is now republished as Philosophy of Psychology – A Fragment, and the entire feedback in it are numbered for ease of reference
  • New certain editorial endnotes clarify judgements of translators and determine references and allusions in Wittgenstein's unique text
  • Now gains new essays at the historical past of the Philosophical Investigations, and the issues of translating Wittgenstein’s text

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Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists

By Robert Hughes

From Holbein to Hockney, from Norman Rockwell to Pablo Picasso, from sixteenth-century Rome to Eighties SoHo, Robert Hughes appears with love, loathing, heat, wit and authority at quite a lot of artwork and artists, reliable, undesirable, previous and present.
   As paintings critic for Time journal, the world over acclaimed for his examine of recent artwork, The surprise of the New, he's maybe America’s most generally learn and sought after author on art.  during this book:  approximately 100 of his best essays at the subject.
   For the realism of Thomas Eakins to the Soviet satirists Komar and Melamid, from Watteau to Willem de Kooning to Susan Rothenberg, this is Hughes—astute, vibrant and uninhibited—on dozens of recognized and not-so-famous artists.  He observes that Caravaggio was once “one of the hinges of paintings background; there has been paintings earlier than him and paintings after him, they usually weren't the same”; he feedback that Julian Schnabel’s “work is to portray what Stallone’s is to acting”; he calls John Constable’s Wivenhoe Park “almost the ultimate on Eden-as-Property”; he notes how “distorted lines of [Jackson] Pollock lie like genes in art-world careers that, one may need notion, had not anything to do with his.”  He understands how Norman Rockwell made a fowl stand nonetheless lengthy sufficient to be painted, and what Degas acknowledged approximately luck (some forms are indistinguishable from panic).
   Phrasemaker par excellence, Hughes is whilst an incisive and profound critic, not just of specific artists, but in addition of the social context within which paintings exists and is traded.  His clean perceptions of such figures as Andy Warhol and the French author Jean Baudrillard are matched in brilliance through his stinky discussions of the artwork market—its inflated costs and reputations, its harm to the general public area of culture.  there's a terrific essay on Bernard Berenson, and one other at the unusual, tangled case of the Mark Rothko estate.  And as a finale, Hughes provides us “The SoHoiad,” the mock-epic satire that so amused and pissed off the paintings global within the mid-1980s.
   A meteor of a publication that enlightens, startles, stimulates and entertains.

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