UCDHI Book Chats
By UC Davis Humanities Institute
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The DHI Brown Bag Book Chats provide a forum for UC Davis faculty to share their new publications, performances, or recordings with the Davis community. Our Book Chats celebrate the artistic and intellectual ventures of our UC Davis faculty.
||CleanAerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above||From the first vistas provided by flight in balloons in the eighteenth century to the most recent sensing operations performed by military drones, the history of aerial imagery has marked the transformation of how people perceived their world, better understood their past, and imagined their future. In Aerial Aftermaths Caren Kaplan traces this cultural history, showing how aerial views operate as a form of world-making tied to the times and places of war. Kaplan’s investigation of the aerial arts of war—painting, photography, and digital imaging—range from England’s surveys of Scotland following the defeat of the 1746 Jacobite rebellion and early twentieth-century photographic mapping of Iraq to images taken in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Throughout, Kaplan foregrounds aerial imagery’s importance to modern visual culture and its ability to enforce colonial power, demonstrating both the destructive force and the potential for political connection that come with viewing from above.||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDancing the the Blood: Modern Dance and European Culture on the Eve of the First World War||This is a remarkable account of the revolutionary impact of modern dance on European cultural life in the early twentieth century. Edward Ross Dickinson uncovers modern dance’s place in the emerging ‘mass’ culture of the modern metropolis, sufficiently ubiquitous and high-profile to spark media storms, parliamentary debates, and exasperated denunciations even from progressive art critics. He shows how modern dance spoke in multiple registers – as religious and as scientific; as redemptively chaste and scandalously sensual; as elitist and popular. He reveals the connections between modern dance and changing gender relations and family dynamics, imperialism, racism, and cultural exchanges with the wider non-European world, and new conceptions of selfhood. Ultimately the book finds in these complex and often contradictory connections a new way of understanding the power of modernism and modernity and their capacity to revolutionize and transform the modern world in the momentous, creative, violent middle decades of the twentieth century.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParaiso Suspeito: A Voragem Amazonica||Leopoldo M. Bernucci revisita o romance La Vorágine, escrito por José Eustasio Rivera em 1924, examinando sua importância sociopolítica e sua recepção crítica. Bernucci mostra como o escritor colombiano empregou seu talento artístico para denunciar c orajosamente a tortura e o massacre de milhares de seringueiros índios, mestiços e brancos pelos barões da borracha. Mostra os pontos de contato com autores brasileiros, especialmente com Euclides da Cunha, um tópico novo na rica bibliografia de Rive ra. Para o autor, somente investigando o entrelaçamento dos aspectos artísticos e os sociopolíticos se pode reconhecer o papel de La Vorágine como um dos romances mais importantes e elaborados do século XX na América Latina.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|