Bookshop

Welcome to the Critical Studies Bookshop 

You will find books published under the Center for Discursive Inquiry as well as student anthologies from the School of Critical Studies, some of which are free downloadable pdfs.


The Game of the Real: Art and the Knowledge Project

The Game of the Real: Art and the Knowledge Project

This collection of essays and responses documents a series of lectures for AP (The Aesthetics and Politics lecture series.) Each semester a new theme is developed with a series of invited speakers to tackle contemporary issues across art, politics, and society.

Editors:
Amanda Beech and Natalie Busch

  • Contributors:
  • C Bain
  • Amanda Beech
  • Chiara Bottici
  • Natalie Busch
  • Nikki Gamboa
  • Tristan Garcia
  • Kristofor Giordano
  • Lydia Horne
  • Kulov
  • Anna Longo
  • Ryan Mangione-Smith
  • Nandita Biswas Mellamphy
  • Andrew Moses
  • Boris Ondreička
  • Hannah Plotke
  • Mer Maggie Roberts
  • Moham Wang

Sublevel, Issue #4: Edge

Sublevel, Issue #4: Edge

Issue #4: Edge explores the pornographic through various expressions in visual and literary cultures—with contributions by Johanna Fateman, Lorelei Lee, and Tiana Reid; Brontez Purnell and Sandra Simonds; Alec Recinos; Precious Okoyomon and Ariana Reines; Melissa Broder; Nicholas Barone, Charles Leggett, and Nora Treatbaby; and Missy Banger, Lizzi Bougatsos, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Eileen Myles, Laura Parnes, Clunie Reid, and Claude Wampler.

Sublevel, Issue #3 2019: Stamina

Sublevel, Issue #3 2019: Stamina

The third issue of the literary magazine, Sublevel, investigates the question: “What is stamina?” Through articles, fiction and dialogues, the editors ponder this all-encompassing question and suggest that you need only “look to its etymology and you will find its root in ‘the stamen,’ which in its own course comes from the Latin for ‘Threads Spun By the Fates.’” 

Sublevel, Issue #2, 2018: The Speculative

Sublevel, Issue #2, 2018: The Speculative

The Speculative issue includes a roundtable with Kelly Akashi, FICTILIS, Margaret Killjoy, & Ann VanderMeer; a review of wall-text by Aria Dean; a letter from Ultra Red; a conversation between Martine Syms & Jenna Wortham; a new piece by Will Alexander; a script by Charles Yu; ‘recommendations’ by Adrienne maree brown as well as artworks by 57C, Sascha Braunig, Loretta Fahrenholz, Kiki Kogelnik, Nicole Miller, Christina Quarles & Tiger Tateishi.

Sublevel, Issue #1, 2017: Contagion

Sublevel, Issue #1, 2017: Contagion

Sublevel is an online literary magazine devoted to the nexus of literature, poetics, art, criticism, philosophy, culture, and politics. Sublevel inherits and reflects the dynamism of contemporary Los Angeles as a hub of literature, art, and activism, while also stretching beyond our locality. Based in the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, at the School of Critical Studies, an innovative and interdisciplinary environment dedicated to the experimental impulse in writing and thinking, Sublevel is a literary publication immersed in the world of art without being in service to it. We make no hard distinctions between creative and critical enterprise, but rather celebrate writing of any kind that we find stimulating, timely, or otherwise compelling. We publish original essays, interviews, roundtables, and other features online as well as in print.

Issue #1, 2017: Contagion

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