October: The Second Decade, 1986-1996

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October: The Second Decade collects examples of the innovative critical and theoretical work for which the journal October is known. A journal anthology draws a collective portrait; together, the gathered texts demonstrate the journal's ambitions and strengths. From the outset, October's aim has been to consider a range of cultural practices and to assess their place at a particular historical juncture. That task has now taken on an intensified urgency. The catastrophic state of our urban economies and the ...
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October: The Second Decade collects examples of the innovative critical and theoretical work for which the journal October is known. A journal anthology draws a collective portrait; together, the gathered texts demonstrate the journal's ambitions and strengths. From the outset, October's aim has been to consider a range of cultural practices and to assess their place at a particular historical juncture. That task has now taken on an intensified urgency. The catastrophic state of our urban economies and the attendant social crises, as well as the more general predicaments of a postcolonial era, have had an inescapable impact on the cultural and discursive practices that are October's concern. Hence, October in its second decade has had an intensified concern with the role of cultural production within the public sphere and a sharper focus on the intersections of cultural practices with institutional structures. The topics of inquiry include body politics and psychoanalysis, spectacle and institutional critique, art practice and art history, and postcolonial discourse.

Contributors:

Carol Armstrong, Leo Bersani, Homi Bhabha, Yve-Alain Bois, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Susan Buck-Morss, Lygia Clark, T. J. Clark, Jonathan Crary, Gilles Deleuze, Manthia Diawara, Peter Eisenman, Hal Foster, Group Material, Denis Hollier, Alexander Kluge, Gertrud Koch, Silvia Kolbowski, Rosalind Krauss, Annette Michelson, Helen Molesworth, V. Y. Mudimbe, Oskar Negt, Mignon Nixon.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262112260
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/1998
  • Series: October Books Series
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind E. Krauss, University Professor at Columbia University and an editor and cofounder of October magazine, is the author of The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (1985), The Optical Unconscious (1993), The Picasso Papers (1999), and Bachelors (1999), all published by the MIT Press, and coauthor (with Yve-Alain Bois) of Formless: A User's Guide (Zone Books, 1997).

Annette Michelson is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University.

Yve-Alain Bois studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes under the guidance of Roland Barthes and Hubert Damisch. A founder of the French journal Macula, Bois is currently a professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University.

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. He is the author of Compulsive Beauty (1993), The Return of the Real: Art and Theory at the End of the Century (1996), and Prosthetic Gods (2004), all published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Surrealist Precipitates 2
Introduction to "Nostalgia of the Body" 25
Nostalgia of the Body 29
In Defense of Abstract Expressionism 50
Before Bed 78
"Where Is Your Rupture?": Mass Culture and the Gesamtkunstwerk 94
Conceptual Art 1962-1969: From the Aesthetic of Administration to the Critique of Institutions 117
Bad Enough Mother 156
AIDS Timeline 180
Reading Africa Through Foucault: V. Y. Mudimbe's Reaffirmation of the Subject 185
Which Idea of Africa? Herskovits's Cultural Relativism 199
"Fireflies Caught in Molasses": Questions of Cultural Translation 211
The Public Sphere and Experience: Selections 225
Cupid's Pencil of Light: Julia Margaret Cameron and the Maternalization of Photography 248
The Body's Shadow Realm 277
Is the Rectum a Grave? 303
The Freudian Subject: From Politics to Ethics 329
Death in America 348
Aesthetics and Anaesthetics: Walter Benjamin's Artwork Essay Reconsidered 375
Spectacle, Attention, Counter-Memory 414
The Cultural Logic of the Late Capitalist Museum 427
Postscript on the Societies of Control 443
Like the difference between Autumn/Winter '94/'95 and Spring/Summer '95 449
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