October: The Second Decade, 1986-1996, Volume 76

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MIT Press, 1997 - Art - 447 pages
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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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Contents

YVEALAIN BOIS Introduction to Nostalgia of
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Surrealist Precipitates 1994 no 69 pp 110132
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Before Bed 1993 no 63 pp 6882
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Mass
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From the Aesthetic of Administration to the Critique
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From
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Bad Enough Mother 1995 no 71 pp 7092
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MIGNON NIXON Bad Enough Mother
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Julia Margaret
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GERTRUD KOCH The Bodys Shadow Realm
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LEO BERSANI Is the Rectum a Grave?
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From Politics
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Walter
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JONATHAN CRARY Spectacle Attention CounterMemory
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ROSALIND KRAUSS The Cultural Logic of the Late
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PETER EISENMAN and SILVIA KOLBOWSKI Like the difference between
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Y MUDIMBE Which Idea of Africa? Herskovitss
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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).

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