Vladimir Nabokov: Synesthesia in Watercolour

Alphabet in Color by Jean Holabird is a fun starting point for those interested in exploring synesthesia. The book includes twenty-seven letters and one word painted in watercolour by Holabird. All in tribute to – and the interpretation of – Vladimir Nabokov’s synesthesia.

By definition, synesthesia is a mental condition where one type of […]

Grotowski, Women, and Contemporary Performance Meetings with Remarkable Women by Virginie Magnat

From our own member, Virginie Magnat at UBC

Excerpt from webpage:

As the first examination of women’s foremost contributions to Jerzy Grotowski’s cross-cultural investigation of performance, this book complements and broadens existing literature by offering a more diverse and inclusive re-assessment of Grotowski’s legacy, thereby probing its significance for contemporary performance practice and research. […]

Examining the politics of 'voluntarism' in neoliberal Italy

Muehlebach, Andrea. The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy. University of Chicago Press, 2012. A beautiful, intriguing ethnography of neoliberalism in Northern Italy. From the back cover: “Mounting a powerful and paradoxical argument that morality in Italy has become an indispensible tool for capital transformation, Muehlebach explores the state’s mass mobilization of selflessness as […]

STANDING UP WITH GA'AXSTA'LAS: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church, and Custom.

by Leslie A. Roberstson with the Kwagu’L Gixsam Clan.  Vancouver:  University of British Columbia Press.  2012.  This is a remarkable book that has resulted from a 10 year collaborative process devoted to the project.  Read this book for a story of a Kwa’kwak’kwakw women who took an active role in political and cultural movements […]

Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American Family

From the website: “The Accidental Slaveowner is a beautifully written account of the complex ways in which family and institutional histories and memories of slavery are told and retold by blacks and whites in the U.S.A…. Mark Auslander has taken this institutional history and uncovered the personal stories of families and communities who felt and still […]

James Joyce, ethnographer?

“Writing “Dear Dirty Dublin”: Joyce’s ethnography and the problems of culture and nation”, is a PhD dissertation writtenby W. C. Mottolese in 1999 at Fordham University in New York. I find reading Joyce’s work as ethnography  interesting to the project of “imaginative ethnography”.