Tag: cold war

Against an Aesthetics of Disappearance (review of Timothy Melley's The Covert Sphere)

2013-12-27

According to Fabienne Collignon, Timothy Melley’s refusal to submit “clear vectors of resistance” to “so-called democratic states” in The Covert Sphere is far from a shortcoming of the work, and instead marks its distinct quality. The absence of clear political solution, Collignon contends, informs The Covert Sphere’s achievement as a call for a change of mind in a population who, wittingly or not, have “participated in, and continue to collaborate with, a system of pretended innocence and victimization.”

See the Strings: Watchmen and the Under-Language of Media

2011-10-12

Engaged in his own kind of structured play, Stuart Moulthrop uses the concept of “under-language” to explore the boundaries, gutters, masked intentions, and hidden meanings of Moore and Gibbons’ Watchmen, while simultaneously using the graphic novel to provide an equally complex, over-determined rendering of the term.

Past Futures, Future's Past

2004-11-08

The second in a series of two essays developing the parallels between Iraq and the Peloponnesian Wars, between classical Empire and postmodern Imperialism.

On Materialities, Meanings, and The Shape of Things

2005-11-05

Lori Emerson reviews The Shape of the Signifier by Walter Benn Michaels.

Delete the Border!

2003-07-31

A first-person narrative of Hactivism, Performance, and growing up at the U.S./Mexico Border from Fran Ilich.

Conspiracy and the Populist Imagination

1999-12-30

Timothy Melley reviews Mark Fenster on conspiracies in fact and fiction and finds evidence against the assumption that only nonexistent conspiracies produce conspiracy theories.