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"Absentees bristles with fresh readings. . . . In fact, it’s a fundamental inquiry into the disposition among bodies, la...
03/15/2021
Absentees

"Absentees bristles with fresh readings. . . . In fact, it’s a fundamental inquiry into the disposition among bodies, language, and politics."

Brian Dillon reviews Daniel Heller-Roazen's ABSENTEES in 4Columns.

4Columns arts criticism weekly.

"When political upheavals loosened the social hierarchies that had kept man under master, the relationships between natu...
03/13/2021

"When political upheavals loosened the social hierarchies that had kept man under master, the relationships between naturalist and artist were also reordered, a sign of how one set of roles was closely patterned on the other."

"Flowers for the Queen," Fig. 2.17 from OBJECTIVITY

Today at 1pm EST, join us for "POETICS & THEORY: SOME ONES LESS," an online event hosted by NYU Department of Comparativ...
03/11/2021

Today at 1pm EST, join us for "POETICS & THEORY: SOME ONES LESS," an online event hosted by NYU Department of Comparative Literature, as Daniel Heller-Roazen discusses his new book ABSENTEES. More info at the link below.

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"Dylan’s songs function as sites where themes, phrases, images and expressions from far-flung traditions come together t...
03/10/2021
Bob Dylan turned American folk traditions into modern prophecy | Psyche Ideas

"Dylan’s songs function as sites where themes, phrases, images and expressions from far-flung traditions come together to form a new tissue of meaning."

Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK on American folk traditions and modern prophecy in Psyche.

Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’ is the first truly modernist folk song: it reworks tradition into a prophetic warning

"A nun with visions of Christ's Passion. A blind, crippled, homeless holy woman. Four patrician wives and mothers. Two p...
03/08/2021

"A nun with visions of Christ's Passion. A blind, crippled, homeless holy woman. Four patrician wives and mothers. Two prophetesses, one of them a married, lactating virgin. An executed criminal. These very different women had one thing in common: their bodies were opened and their viscera examined after their deaths."

SECRETS OF WOMEN by Katharine Park, one of many female Zone authors at the forefront of investigative thinking in the humanities. #InternationalWomensDay

“Heller-Roazen has produced yet another tour de  force of eloquence and erudition…. in Absentees he is operating at the ...
03/06/2021

“Heller-Roazen has produced yet another tour de force of eloquence and erudition…. in Absentees he is operating at the height of his powers.”

Bernadette Meyler on Daniel Heller-Roazen's ABSENTEES.
Out March 23rd!

"By accident or design, the flower-butterfly, though it can reach every preposition, can also stretch off the page, into...
03/04/2021

"By accident or design, the flower-butterfly, though it can reach every preposition, can also stretch off the page, into the void of real space."

Fig. 2.24 from A FOREST OF SYMBOLS by Andrei Pop. http://ow.ly/i9Ts50DQ75e

It is officially March. The snow has almost melted and spring is just around the corner....which means this bizarre item...
03/02/2021

It is officially March. The snow has almost melted and spring is just around the corner....which means this bizarre item will soon be in the universe.

Out March 23rd!
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"In his theory of the spectacle, Debord sees society slowly being divorced from reality, culturally denuded and subjecte...
02/28/2021

"In his theory of the spectacle, Debord sees society slowly being divorced from reality, culturally denuded and subjected to false needs."

On Guy Debord's SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE.
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"Now everything seemed to change as artists snatched up natural subjects that had earlier been ignored. They depicted an...
02/26/2021

"Now everything seemed to change as artists snatched up natural subjects that had earlier been ignored. They depicted animals, for example, with great natural accuracy."

Fig. 3. from HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS by Aloïs Riegl. Now in paperback! http://ow.ly/M2UQ50DK5xO

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE, now available for viewing on the Criterion channel!   For a full collection of stills replicati...
02/18/2021

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE, now available for viewing on the Criterion channel!

For a full collection of stills replicating the 1963 film, check out our book edition, which Zone collaborated on with Marker and released in the 90s.

https://www.zonebooks.org/books/65-la-jetee-cine-roman

"So important devotionally did the feet of Christ become that Christ's injunction to Mary Magdalen not to touch him is o...
02/16/2021

"So important devotionally did the feet of Christ become that Christ's injunction to Mary Magdalen not to touch him is often in fact illustrated by images of her reaching toward or almost touching his feet."

Fig. 6.6 in DISSIMILAR SIMILITUDES by Caroline Walker Bynum

To all these furious outbreaks she replied like a true woman of her species...who knows the man to whom she is bound, do...
02/14/2021

To all these furious outbreaks she replied like a true woman of her species...who knows the man to whom she is bound, down to his bones, and who knows that at the bottom of this pigsty of their common household eternal warfare slumbers."

From "Les Diaboliques," as discussed in HISTORY & OBSTINACY by Alexander Kluge & Oskar Negt. #ValentinesDay
https://www.zonebooks.org/books/57-history-and-obstinacy

“Heuer draws an explicit parallel between the inability to form an image of the Arctic with the raging iconoclasm that w...
02/12/2021

“Heuer draws an explicit parallel between the inability to form an image of the Arctic with the raging iconoclasm that was taking place in Northern Europe at the same time."

INTO THE WHITE by Christopher Heuer reviewed in the winter issue of Renaissance Quarterly
http://ow.ly/Zx6u50DxR0D

Join us March 11th for an online event hosted by NYU Department of Comparative Literature, as Daniel Heller-Roazen discu...
02/10/2021

Join us March 11th for an online event hosted by NYU Department of Comparative Literature, as Daniel Heller-Roazen discusses his new book ABSENTEES: ON VARIOUSLY MISSING PERSONS. Out next month!

http://ow.ly/8sDK50DwNN2

"The Redditors’ actions attest to the fact that speculation is now available to a vastly wider population than the usual...
02/08/2021
Another Speculation is Possible: The Political Lesson of r/WallStreetBets - Progress in Political Economy (PPE)

"The Redditors’ actions attest to the fact that speculation is now available to a vastly wider population than the usual suspects."

Michel Feher, Zone founding editor and author of RATED AGENCY, responds to the GameStop controversy.

In the flurry of hot takes on the GameStop adventure, three common features emerge. First, almost everyone agrees, this is so much fun! That a Reddit community of amateur traders could take on a big hedge fund and win – at least temporarily – is cause for a roaring gotcha. Second, the reactions ...

“We’re already seeing disparities in vaccination across the country with Black Americans significantly trailing in immun...
02/06/2021
Yale and Columbia Create Interactive Vaccine Allocation Map

“We’re already seeing disparities in vaccination across the country with Black Americans significantly trailing in immunization, which underscores the importance of focusing on social vulnerability and in particular race and ethnicity moving forward.”

Laura Kurgan, author of CLOSE UP AT A DISTANCE, speaks about Mapping the New Politics of Care, a collaborative project with Yale and Columbia which tracks the allocation of vaccines and accessibility to healthcare in the COVID era.

https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/news/yale-and-columbia-create-interactive-vaccine-allocation-map

A team from Yale and Columbia have created an interactive map of each county in each state proposing how COVID-19 vaccinations could be distributed.

“Unlike the discovery of the New World, the literature on the exploration and colonization of the Arctic is much less ex...
02/04/2021
Mötet med Arktis blev en chock för sinnena | SvD

“Unlike the discovery of the New World, the literature on the exploration and colonization of the Arctic is much less extensive...Christopher Heuer’s Into the White is a pioneering work."

INTO THE WHITE: THE RENAISSANCE ARCTIC AND THE END OF THE IMAGE reviewed in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
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Om de prunkande djungellandskapen hade överlastat sinnena under tidigare upptäcktsfärder, var det en ihållande monotoni som drabbade de första resenärerna till Arktis. Konsthistorikern Christopher Heuers bok ”Into the white” undersöker vad mötet gjorde med seendet.

"The two most significant Arctic technologies of the twentieth century... the icebreaker and the gulag, paired engineeri...
02/01/2021

"The two most significant Arctic technologies of the twentieth century... the icebreaker and the gulag, paired engineerings of motion and confinement, metaphors of struggle against and instrumentalization of an impossibly hostile environment."

INTO THE WHITE by Christopher Heuer

Two Predatory Birds. Fig. 2.6 in 1668 THE YEAR OF THE ANIMAL IN FRANCE by Peter Sahlins.http://ow.ly/Ckr150Dl6kd
01/31/2021

Two Predatory Birds. Fig. 2.6 in 1668 THE YEAR OF THE ANIMAL IN FRANCE by Peter Sahlins.

http://ow.ly/Ckr150Dl6kd

Aloïs Riegl's HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS. The first English translation of one of the earliest and most brill...
01/29/2021

Aloïs Riegl's HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS. The first English translation of one of the earliest and most brilliant art-historical surveys, from one of the greatest modern art historians.

Coming soon in paperback!
http://ow.ly/kvE950Dl3Rg

In these times of virtual book launches, here's a peek at some of the amazing titles from our new distributors at Prince...
01/27/2021
The year of conferencing virtually

In these times of virtual book launches, here's a peek at some of the amazing titles from our new distributors at Princeton University Press, including a clip from Zone's DISSIMILAR SIMILITUDES by Caroline Walker Bynum.

For editors and publishers, conferences offer the opportunity to present our lists as a whole to the members of the disciplines in which we are embedded, each title a star in its larger constellation.

"In fin-de-siècle futuristic fantasies like this one, communication with aliens seldom poses a problem; thinking beings,...
01/25/2021

"In fin-de-siècle futuristic fantasies like this one, communication with aliens seldom poses a problem; thinking beings, however strangely formed, are assumed to understand each other."

"The Martian dispatch is projected on the screen," La fin du monde, Fig. 5.9 in OBJECTIVITY by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison.

"If one looks around the world and across time, it is the morphology (that is, the shape and appearance) of the footprin...
01/23/2021

"If one looks around the world and across time, it is the morphology (that is, the shape and appearance) of the footprint that seems to induce, even determine, the cult that arises around it."

Footprints of the Buddha, Fig. 6.2 in DISSIMILAR SIMILITUDES by Caroline Walker Bynum.

"The victors stood guard over an empire of rats... The only hope for survival lay in Time... If they were able to concei...
01/20/2021

"The victors stood guard over an empire of rats... The only hope for survival lay in Time... If they were able to conceive or to dream another time, perhaps they would be able to live in it."

LA JETÉE by Chris Marker, time traveler, visionary, seeker of worlds. #InaugurationDay

Calling all Dylan fans, songwriters, poets! Don't miss this masterclass with Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW T...
01/18/2021

Calling all Dylan fans, songwriters, poets! Don't miss this masterclass with Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK. First session begins tomorrow, January 19th!

http://ow.ly/4jAe50D8CE7

"Historical time disrupted by eschatological time. The imposing structures of pagan antiquity are threatened by the birt...
01/15/2021

"Historical time disrupted by eschatological time. The imposing structures of pagan antiquity are threatened by the birth of a new king. Here a triumphal arch is blown apart...and the history of architecture reverts to its beginnings in sheds, huts, and lean-tos."

ANACHRONIC RENAISSANCE by Alexander Nagel & Christopher S. Wood

Readings for our times...
01/13/2021

Readings for our times...

"What can it mean for chastity to be a garment, for a prayer to be a rose, for a tooth to be a person, for a bit of brea...
01/11/2021

"What can it mean for chastity to be a garment, for a prayer to be a rose, for a tooth to be a person, for a bit of bread to be the body of God?"

Fig. I.1 from DISSIMILAR SIMILITUDES: DEVOTIONAL OBJECTS IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE by Caroline Walker Bynum. http://ow.ly/3hlc50D5u6F

"The trouble with definitions is that one has to honor them... Pictures, far from being cast out by a logical puritan, m...
01/09/2021

"The trouble with definitions is that one has to honor them... Pictures, far from being cast out by a logical puritan, may show us when we have theorized our way from useful to inconsistent fiction."

Fig. 4.13 in A FOREST OF SYMBOLS by Andrei Pop

"If the state of exception proclaimed by a sovereign is a moment at which life is abandoned by the law, forsaken, and ex...
01/07/2021

"If the state of exception proclaimed by a sovereign is a moment at which life is abandoned by the law, forsaken, and exposed to violence that the law does not punish...then large-scale disasters challenge the very principle of sovereignty."

NONGOVERNMENTAL POLITICS

"Ambitious and interdisciplinary." Nice shout out for ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen in Lit Hub's list of Most Antici...
01/06/2021
Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021

"Ambitious and interdisciplinary." Nice shout out for ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen in Lit Hub's list of Most Anticipated Books of 2021 today. Stay tuned for the book's release this March!

Well, we waited and we waited and we waited and finally it happened: 2020 came to a close. Now that it’s officially 2021 . . . do you feel any better? Marking time the way we do may be arbitr…

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