Suggested Readings

On this page we’ve asked Faculty to post short general reading lists that they think might be useful to students, and that reflect their own interests and specializations. Below please find additional resources.

Myron Beasley

Bakhtin, M. M. 1984. Rabelais and His World. 1st Midland book ed. Bloomington: Indiana University
Baraka, Imamu Amiri. 1999. Blues People Negro Musician White America. New York: William Morrow.
Barthes, Roland, and Susan Sontag. 1982. A Barthes reader. New York: Hill and Wang.
Benjamin, Walter. 1968. Illuminations. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.
Bhabha, Homi K. 1994. The Location of Culture. London, New York: Routledge.
Boal, Augusto. 1995. The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy. London, New York: Routledge.
Boal, Augusto. 1979. Theater of the Oppressed. New York: Urizen Books.
Butler, Judith. 1997. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. New York: Routledge.

Michael Bowdidge

Arnheim, R. (1974) Art and Visual Perception. Berkeley, University of California Press.
Bachelard, G. (1994) The Poetics of Space. Boston, Mass., Beacon Press.
de Duve, T. (1996) Kant after Duchamp. Boston, Mass., The MIT Press.
Foster, H., Krauss, R., Bois, Y. and Buchloh, B. (2004) Art since 1900. London, Thames and Hudson.
Hall, J. (1999) The World as Sculpture. London, Chatto and Windus.
Kocur, Z. and Leung, S. (eds.) Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985. Oxford, Blackwell.
Roberts, J. (2007) The Intangibilities of Form. London, Verso.
Schroeder, W. (2005) Continental Philosophy. Oxford, Blackwell.
Smith, P. and Wilde C. (eds.) (2002) A Companion to Art Theory. Oxford, Blackwell.
Wittgenstein, L. (1953) Philosophical Investigations. 3rd edition. Translated from the German by Anscombe, G. E. M., Oxford, Blackwell.

Jean Marie Casbarian

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, New Directions Publishing Corp, 2007
John Cage, Silence; Lectures and Writings by John Cage, Wesleyan University Press, 1961
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Dictee, University of California Press, 2001
Tacita Dean, Film,Tate Publishing, 2011
Miwon Kwon , One Place After Another; Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity, MIT Press, 2004
Xavier de Maistre, Voyage Around My Room, The Selected Works of Xavier de Maistre, New Directions Publishing Corp, 1994
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Penguin Books, 1997
Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist On Mars, Vintage Books, 1995
Amy Scholder, In the Shadow of the American Dream / The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz, Grove Press, 1999
Robert Smithson [Edited by Jack Flam], Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, University of California Press, 1996
Sven Spieker, The Big Archive ; Art from Bureaucracy, MIT Press, 2008
Lawrence Weschler, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, University of California Press, 1982
David Campany, Photography and Cinema, [Exposures] Reaktion Books, 2008

William S. Burroughs, The Invisible Generation, experimental text, 1962
Lucy Grealy, Mirrorings, Harper’s Magazine, February, 1993
Andrea Fraser, Why Does Fred Sandbeck’s Work Make Me Cry, The MIT Press: Grey Room, No. 22, Winter, 2006

Andrew Cooks

Diane Ackerman: A Natural History of the Senses
Daniel Barenboim: Music Quickens Time
Roland Barthes: The Pleasure of the Text
John Berger: Another Way of Telling
Aris Fioretos: The Grey Book
Peter Schwenger: At the Borders of Sleep
Rebecca Solnit: Wanderlust – A History of Walking – A Field-guide to Getting Lost
Susan Sontag: An Argument About Beauty
Peter Turchi: Maps of the Imagination- The Writer as Cartographer

Geoff Cox

Adorno, T. (1978) Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life. London: Verso.
Arendt, H. (1998) The Human Condition. 1958; Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Art & Research: A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods, Vol 2. No. 2, Spring 2009,
Berardi, F. (2009) The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).
Guattari, F. (1995) Chaosophy. Ed. Sylvere Lotringer. New York: Semiotext(e).
Laporte, D. (2000) History of Shit. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000.
MacLeod, K. and Holdridge, L. (2009) Thinking Through Art: Reflections on Art as Research, Routledge.
Schwab, M. Ed. (2012) The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), issue 2,
Terranova, T. (2004) Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. London: Pluto Press, 2004.
Virno, P. and Hardt, M. eds., (1996) Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Laura Gonzalez

John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005 [1984]
Sophie Calle, Take Care of Yourself, Paris: Dis Voir/Actes Sud, 2007
Hélène Cixous, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998
Georges Didi-Huberman, The Invention of Hysteria, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004
Marcel Duchamp, The Writings Of Marcel Duchamp, Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 1989
Tim Etchells, Certain Fragments: Contemporary Performance and Forced Entertainment, London: Routledge, 1999
Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes, Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy, London: Routledge, 2011
Darian Leader, Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing, London: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004
Peggy Phelan, Unmarked: The Politics of Performance, London: Routledge, 2003
Slavoj Zizek and Renata Salecl, eds, Gaze and Voice As Love Objects, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996

Caroline Koebel

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
Hélène Cixous, Coming to Writing and Other Essays
Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
Elizabeth Grosz, Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power
Amelia Jones, Body Art: Performing the Subject
Teresa de Lauretis, Alice Doesn’t: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema
Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Paul Virilio, The Information Bomb

Steve Lambert

Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit
The Strategic Questioning Manual by Fran Peavey – pdf
Only Joking by Jimmy Carr
Sataristas by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion
Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation
Anything by George Saunders
Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity Through Social Marketing: Current Practices and Recommendations by Rina Alcalay, PhD and Robert Bell, PhD
Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community Based Social Marketing – Doug MacKenzie Mohr and William Smith
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Dr. Neal Fiore

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