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A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts

Edited by renée c. hoogland

Subjects: Art, Cultural Studies, Gender, Language and Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, Music, Popular Culture, Women's Studies

Published four times per year
ISSN 0011-1589
E-ISSN 1536-0342

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Criticism provides a forum for current scholarship on literature, media, music and visual culture. A place for rigorous theoretical and critical debate as well as formal and methodological self-reflexivity and experimentation, Criticism aims to present contemporary thought at its most vital.

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Criticism Volume 56, Number 1 Winter 2014

Acts of Stillness: Statues, Performativity, and Passive Resistance
David J. Getsy

Tom Ford and His Kind
Lee Wallace

Frank O'Hara and the Poetics of the Digital
Todd Tietchen

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's "Phantomnation":  Cinematic Specters and Spectral Collectivity in Dictée and Apparatus 
Mayumo Inoue

Face Values: Optics as Ethics in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent
Rochelle L. Rives


Nina Sosa on The Civil Contract of Photography by Ariella Azoulay

Will Stockton on Sexual Type: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley by Mario DiGangi

John R. Reed on Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel by Jonathan Arac

Donald E. Pease on The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature By Justine Murison

Andy Engel on North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space by Jody Berland

Criticism Volume 56, Number 2 Spring 2014

Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World
A Special Issue Edited by Mark Siegel

Marc Siegel

Batman and Dracula: The Collaborations of Jack Smith and Andy Warhol
Callie Angell

A History of Failure
Ann Reynolds

Modern Death: Jack Smith, Fred Herko, and Paul Thek
Dominic Johnson

Camp Materialism
Juliane Rebentisch

Wise Latinas
José Muñoz

Not Being Able to Work That Way as an Endangered Ability—Jack Smith, Das Kapital: Volumes I, II and III
Diedrich Diederichsen

Jack Smith: Notes on Some Homeless Objects
John Matturri

Jack Smith, Hélio Oiticica, Tropicalism
Juan. A. Suárez

Interviews/Archival Materials:

Do It Again! Do It Again! An Interview with Ronald Tavel
Matthias Haase and Marc Siegel

The Return of Mario Montez
Marc Siegel

Introduction to and Héliotape Mario Montez: A Discussion Between Hélio Oiticica and Mario Montez From 1971
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz


John Davies on Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture By Dominic Johnson

Ara Osterweil on Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs by Michele Pierson

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54.3: Shakespeare and Phenomenology

53.4: Transcultural Negotiations of Holocaust Memory
53.3: Open Source

52.3-4: The Wire
52.2: Honoring Eve: A Special Issue on the Work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick


50.1: Disco