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.


Contrapuntal Media (CPM) vol. 2

Contrapuntal Media (CPM) vol. 2

Contrapuntal Media (CPM) is a pamphlet series published through the MA Aesthetics and Politics program housed in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. CPM seeks to be an aesthetic medium for provocative, polemical points that incite counterpoints. CPM features research-in-progress that is presented publicly with minimal editorial intervention or attention to the formalities of scholarly publishing.

Contrapuntal Media, Vol. 2
Contrapuntal Futures, Spring 2019
Edited by Arne de Boever

Séance

Séance

Séanceeds., Matias Viegener and Christine Wertheim, Make Now Press, 2006.

Contributors: Matias Viegener, Charles Berstain, Christian Bok, Eileen Myles, Janet Sternburg, Dennis Cooper, Dodie Bellamy, Christina Rivera-Garza and Jen Hofer, Robert Gluck, Kevin Killian, Kenneth Goldsmith, Shelley Jackson, Madeline Gins and Arakawa, Steven Shaviro, Ben Marcus, Joan Retallack, Christine Wertheim, Jaap Blonk, and Tracie Morris, all of whom contribute writing and writing on writing.

The Publication gathers work presented at the conference Séance: A Two Day Public Meditation on the Condition of Language and Narrative in Contemporary Writing, LA, October 29th and 30th, 2004.

The n/Oulipean Analects

The n/Oulipean Analects

The n/Oulipean Analects, eds., Matias Viegener and Christine Wertheim, Les Figues Press, 2007.

An alphabetical survey of constrained writing in modern English. Editors Wertheim and Viegener gathered and arranged critical and creative pieces from some of the most prominent and influential constraint-based writers – adding the unknown variable n to the great legacy of Oulipo. The result: an excellent mix of introductory basics for those new to constraint-based writing, blended with in-depth exposition and critique for those already avid readers and writers.

Contributors: Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Johanna Drucker, Paul Fournel, Jen Hofer, Tan Lin, Bernadette Mayer, Ian Monk, Joseph Mosconi, Harryette Mullen, Doug Nufer, Vanessa Place, Janet Sarbanes, Juliana Spahr, Brian Kim Stefans, Rodrigo Toscano, Matias Viegener, Christine Wertheim, Rob Wittig, Stephanie Young.

The Publication was generated from the conference n/Oulipo held at REDCAT in Downtown LA, 2005.

Feminaissance

Feminaissance

Feminaissance, ed., Christine Wertheim, Les Figues Press, 2010

Identity is dead. The 21st-century subject is an unstable fiction with no identifiable features or group affiliations. He’s a man without inherent qualities, a post-human ideal. But those who have long been hailed as Other exist in a different relation to this ideal. Unlike those traditionally self-possessed |s, these Others may find themselves split between a yearning to be contemporary and unqualified, and a longing for a continued allegiance to their qualitative, albeit constructed, group identity. With an awareness of this more ambiguous and refined notion of selfFeminaissance approaches questions of femininity and its relation to writing. Topics include: collectivity; feminine écriture; the politics of writing; text and voice; the body as a site of contestation, insurgence and pleasure; race and writing; gender as performance; writing about other women writers; economic inequities; monstrosity; madness; and aesthetics.

ContributorsDodie BellamyCaroline BergvallMeiling ChengWanda ColemanBhanu KapilChris KrausSusan McCabeTracie MorrisEileen MylesMaggie NelsonVanessa PlaceJuliana SpahrChristine WertheimStephanie YoungLidia Yuknavitch.

The publication was generated by a conference of the same name organized by Matias Viegener and Christine Wertheim held at MOCA in 2008.  

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Volume One

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Volume One

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Volume One, eds., Arne de Boever and Warren Neidich, Archive Books, 2014. 

How have emancipatory politics, art and architecture, and education been refined by semio-capitalism? What might be the lasting, material ramifications of semio-capitalism on the mind and brain? This book brings together an international array of philosophers, critical theorists, media theorists, art historians, architects, and artists to discuss the state of the mind and the brain under the conditions of cognitive capitalism, in which they have become the new focus of laboring.

Contributors: Jonathan Beller, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Arne De Boever, Jodi Dean, Warren Neidich, Patricia Pisters, Jason Smith, Tiziana Terranova, Bruce Wexler.

The publication collects papers presented at the conference, “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part One,” held in Los Angeles in November 2012. 

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