From Julien Simon and Isabel Jaén: Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature is the first anthology to explore human cognition and literature in the context of early modern Spanish culture. It features the leading voices in the field, discussing the main themes that this important area of study has been producing. The book begins with Continue Reading »
The Modern Language Association of America announced it is awarding its nineteenth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies to Arielle Saiber, of Bowdoin College, for Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy, to be published by the University of Toronto Press. The award is one of Continue Reading »
Object-Oriented Feminism (University of Minnesota Press) seeks not to define object-oriented feminism, but rather to enact it by bringing together contributors from a variety of fields and practices including sociology, anthropology, art, science and technology studies, English, philosophy, and everyday life.
From Adriana Craciun: Adriana Craciun and Simon Schaffer, eds. The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences (Palgrave, 2016) We have over 30 contributors and 50+ illustrations devoted to the rich interplay of the history of science and the arts in the long 18th century.
From Christine Filippone: Science, Technology and Utopias: Women Artists and Cold War America This innovative book offers the first focused examination of women artists’ response to the preeminent status of science and technology during the Cold War, a period that saw the rise of “big science”, the space race and cybernetics as well as the Continue Reading »
From Bruce Clarke: Meaning Systems publishes books communicating bodies of systemic knowledge in relation to the materialities of corporeal and technological mediations. It offers a dedicated venue for both established and rising thinkers bringing the discourse of systems to a new level of cultural productiveness.
From Thalia Field: In her forthcoming novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction, Brown professor Thalia Field accomplishes several remarkable things. Experimental Animals is, partly, the story of Claude Bernard, a 19th-century French physiologist and vivisectionist who introduced the scientific method to medicine, and his disastrous marriage to Fanny Martin, an animal rights activist avant la Continue Reading »
From Kari Nixon and Lorenzo Servitje: Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory (Palgrave 2016) Exploring the nexus of contagion’s metaphorical and material aspects, this volume contends that contagiousness in its digital, metaphorical, and biological forms is a pervasively endemic condition in our contemporary moment. The chapters explore both endemicity itself and how epidemic discourse has become endemic to Continue Reading »
From Jeff Karnicky: Scarlet Experiment Birds and Humans in America Emily Dickinson’s poem “Split the Lark” refers to the “scarlet experiment” by which scientists destroy a bird in order to learn more about it. Indeed, humans have killed hundreds of millions of birds—for science, fashion, curiosity, and myriad other reasons. In the United States alone, Continue Reading »
From Paul Cobley: This is the first book to consider the major implications for culture of the new science of biosemiotics. The volume is mainly aimed at an audience outside biosemiotics and semiotics, in the humanities and social sciences principally, who will welcome elucidation of the possible benefits to their subject area from a relatively Continue Reading »