Contemporary Revolutions: Turning Back to the Future in 21st-Century Literature and Art

Contemporary Revolutions: Turning Back to the Future in 21st-Century Literature and Art

by Susan Stanford Friedman

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Returning to revolution's original meaning of 'cycle', Contemporary Revolutions explores how 21st-century writers, artists, and performers re-engage the arts of the past to reimagine a present and future encompassing revolutionary commitments to justice and freedom. Dealing with histories of colonialism, slavery, genocide, civil war, and gender and class inequities, essays examine literature and arts of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and the United States.

The broad range of contemporary writers and artists considered include fabric artist Ellen Bell; poets Selena Tusitala Marsh and Antje Krog; Syrian artists of the civil war and Sana Yazigi's creative memory web site about the war; street artist Bahia Shehab; theatre installation artist William Kentridge; and the recycles of Virginia Woolf by multi-media artist Kabe Wilson, novelist W. G. Sebald, and the contemporary trans movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350045316
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Susan Stanford Friedman is Hilldale Professor of the Humanities and the Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her recent books include Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time and Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (with Rita Felski). Her work has been translated into ten languages.
Susan Stanford Friedman is a Hilldale Professor of the Humanities and the Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she directs the Institute for Research in the Humanities. She has published extensively in modernist studies, feminist studies, narrative theory, psychoanalysis, contemporary world literature, and migration/diaspora studies. She is the author of Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time, Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter, and Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, and H.D.'s Fiction. She served as President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (1990) and the Modernist Studies Association (2012).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

Beginnings
Introduction: “The Past in the Present: Temporalities of the Contemporary”
Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Chapter 1: “Recycling Revolution: Re-mixing A Room of One's Own and Black Power in
Kabe Wilson's Performance, Installation, and Narrative Art”
Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Recycles: Aesthetics of Unsewing and Blacking Out
Chapter 2: “Stitch Works: Ellen Bell's Unpicking Aesthetics and Victorian Women's
Creative Labor”
Susan David Bernstein, Boston University, USA

Chapter 3: “Make It Niu: Blacking Out of Albert Wendt's Pouliuli the Tusitala Way”
Selina Tusitala Marsh, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Revolutions: Arts of Resistance
Chapter 4: “Curating the Syrian Revolution Online”
miriam cooke, Duke University, USA

Chapter 5: “A Thousand Times No!: Spray Painting as Resistance and the Visual History of
the Lam-Alif
Bahia Shehab, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Restages: Palimpsests of the Past
Chapter 6: “The Folds of History in William Kentridge's Black Box Theatre: Sampling
German Nazism and Colonialism”
Rosemarie Buikema, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Chapter 7: “The Revolutions of Antjie Krog's Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse.”
Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Rereads: Then, Now
Chapter 8: “Repair Work, Despair Work: W. G. Sebald's Contending Modernisms”
Elizabeth Abel, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Chapter 9: “On Rereading Woolf's Orlando as Transgender Text”
Margaret Homans, Yale University, USA

Index

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