Category Archives: Library

LIBRARY SHELF: Monster Theory

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Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, ed.; Monster Theory: Reading Culture (1996) FIRST LINE: “We live in a time of monsters.” LAST LINE: “The fear of the family is its founding romance: Spielberg rightly protects his children from his incestuous creation.” ICI SHELF: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Birth of the Prison

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Foucault, Michel (trans. Alan Sheridan); Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1977) ICI Shelf: Philosophy Last Line:  [on Panopticism] “Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?” ICI History: Today at the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: White

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Dyer, Richard White (1997) FIRST LINE: “White people are not literally or symbolically white, yet they are called white.” LAST LINE: “The combination of extreme whiteness with plain, unwhite whiteness means that white people can both lay claim to the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: On the Museum’s Ruins

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Crimp, Douglas (1944-2019) On the Museum’s Ruins (1993) FIRST LINE: “From the parochial perspective of the late-1970s art world, photography appeared as a watershed.” (From “The Postmodern Museum) “Knowing full well that postmodern architecture is loaded with historical gimmicks, sly … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Daughter

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Allen, Roberta; The Daughter (1992) ICI Shelf: Fiction First Line: “A group of girls and boys play by the pool; their cries and shouts and laughter echo under the high glass dome.” Last Line: “But she is still giddy, dancing, … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Towards a Lexicon of Usership

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Wright, Stephen; Towards a Lexicon of Usership (2013) ICI Shelf: Language First Line: “Art and art related practices that are oriented towards usership rather than spectatorship are characterised more than anything else by their scale of operations: they operate on … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Image on the Edge

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Camille, Micheal; Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (1992) ICI Shelf: Books about books First Line: “I could begin, like St Bernard, by asking what do they all mean, those lascivious apes, autophagic dragons, pot-bellied heads, harp-playing … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Baron Munchausen’s Travels

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Raspe, Rudolf Erich; Baron Munchausen’s Travels: The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1907) ICI Shelf: Trotter First Line: “Why is it that scamps and scoundrels are so often clever and generally interesting, whilst the average human being is … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: In the Company of Educated Women

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Solomon, Barbara Miller; In the Company of Educated Women: a history of women and higher education in America (1985) ICI Shelf: Trotter First Line: “Education, over the last two hundred years, has profoundly changed the contours of women’s lives in … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Coming of the Fairies

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Dyle, Arthur Conan; The Coming of the Fairies (ca.1922) FIRST LINE: “The series of incidents set forth in this little volume represent either the most elaborate and ingenious hoax every played upon the public, or else they constitute an event … Continue reading

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