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November 9, 2018
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A Cathartic Manifesto: Corporeality in James Joyce, Part 2 (Tim Royan)

The following is the second part in a two-part installment. The first part can be found here.  The fact that Bloom implements a diseased prostitute’s body, “medically…speaking,” to launch into an argument against dualism obviously mirrors Joyce’s implementation of the human body for the exact same reason, as well as the…

October 23, 2018
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A Cathartic Manifesto: Corporeality In James Joyce, Part 1 (Tim Royan)

The following is the first of a two-part series. James Joyce, throughout his literary career, repeatedly implements descriptions of the human body and its functions as a thematic device through which to explore other, more grandiose literary topics. In the process, he utilizes an almost routine breaking of taboos that…

October 16, 2018
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Building the Pop Music Empire, Part 2 (Olivia Currin Duell)

The following is the second part in a two-part installment. The first part can be found here. Popular music artists as intertextual commodities Indeed, when fans support an artist with such ferocity, and both consume and contribute to the artist’s empire, the studio album can remain an important and lucrative…

October 6, 2018
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Building The Pop Music Empire, Part 1 (Olivia Currin Duell)

The following if the first part in a two-part installment. Author Note: The following was written in 2015 and details how critical discussion of popular music is largely missing from the field of media studies. This essay discusses how popular music fits into a media studies theoretical framework, and more…

September 11, 2018
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“Cattle of the Lord” – An Interview with Poet Rosa Alice Branco (Millicent Borges Accardi)

The following interview originally appeared in the Portuguese American Journal. One of today’s most admired Portuguese-language poets, Rosa Alice Branco, with ten collections of poetry published around the world, has recently been introduced to readers in the United States. Branco’s first bilingual collection, Cattle of the Lord in English and Portuguese,…

August 23, 2018
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The Designer’s Responsibility – Reflecting on Humanism And Ecology In Architecture (Apil K.C.)

Urbanization is a phenomenon of physical growth of urban areas, which is closely linked with modernization and the industrialization process of expansion. Like any other evolution process, it’s more like shifting of humanity and nature into a chaotic world of concretes, steel and artificial things. Cities are growing and so…

July 30, 2018
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Death Of Christ/Death Of the Artist – The Slippage Of Meaning In Contemporary Performance Art And Photography (Urszula Szulakowska)

Note: The works of Krzysztof Gliszczyński depicted in the text of the article below are reproduced through permission obtained by the author. From the late 19th century and early 20th century in western Europe, the modernist avant-garde was developing a new concept of its political, social and cultural role. In…

May 28, 2018
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The Politics Of Display – The Tate Modern And Ai WeiWei’s “Sunflower Seeds” (Marcelo de Melo)

Note: This essay was inspired by the author’s visit to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and its exhibition of Al WeiWei’s Sunflower Seeds as part of the Unilever Series.  It deals with questions raised during the author’s frustrating experience with this particular installation of the Unilever series commission.  It is published here…

May 20, 2018
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Degenerate Art and The Modern (Sue Wightman)

“IT’S A SICKENING OUTRAGE! Sadistic! Obscene! Evil! ……. These people are the wreckers of civilization!” (Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn) The ‘Prostitution’ Exhibition at the ICA, London caused an outcry in the national press and parliament.  Debate raged against the ‘degenerate’ nature of the show. Yet again art was testing the…

May 13, 2018
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Heavy Metal As Surrogate Religion – Exploring The Metal Subculture (Katrina Lavender)

According to the Office for National Statistics, Heavy Metal has recently become an official religion, with 6200 followers in 2011. Music as a cultural artefact clearly exemplifies the intersection of religion and popular culture. Andy Bennett states, in Cultures of Popular Music, that the heavy metal genre, which originated in…