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Pornotopia

Author: Beatriz Preciado
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ISBN: 9781935408482
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Published for the first time in 1953, Playboy became not only the first pornographic popular magazine in America, but also came to embody an entirely new lifestyle that took place in a series of utopian multimedia spaces, from the fictional Playboy's Penthouse of 1956 to the Playboy Mansion of 1959 and the Playboy Clubs of the 1960s. At the same time, the invention of the contraceptive pill offered access to a biochemical technique able to separate (hetero)sexuality and reproduction, troubling the traditional relationships between gender, sexuality, power, and space. In Pornotopia, Beatriz Preciado examines popular culture and pornographic spaces as sites of architectural production. Combining historical perspectives with insights from critical theory, gender studies, queer theory, porn studies, and the history of technology, and drawing from a range of primary transdisciplinary sourcestreatises on sexuality, medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, architecture journals, erotic magazines, building manuals, and novels -- Preciado traces the strategic relationships among architecture, gender, and sexuality through popular sites related to the production and consumption of pornography: design objects, bachelor pads, and multimedia rotating beds. Largely relegated to the margins of traditional histories of architecture, these sites are not mere spaces but a series of overlapping systems of representation. They are understood here not as inherently or naturally sexual, nor as perverted or queer, but rather as biopolitical techniques for governing sexual reproduction and the production of gender in modernity.

Making Dystopia

Author: James Stevens Curl
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191068152
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In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice. Tracing the effects of the Modernist revolution in architecture to the present, Stevens Curl argues that, with each passing year, so-called 'iconic' architecture by supposed 'star' architects has become more and more bizarre, unsettling, and expensive, ignoring established contexts and proving to be stratospherically remote from the aspirations and needs of humanity. In the elite world of contemporary architecture, form increasingly follows finance, and in a society in which the 'haves' have more and more, and the 'have-nots' are ever more marginalized, he warns that contemporary architecture continues to stack up huge potential problems for the future, as housing costs spiral out of control, resources are squandered on architectural bling, and society fractures. This courageous, passionate, deeply researched, and profoundly argued book should be read by everyone concerned with what is around us. Its combative critique of the entire Modernist architectural project and its apologists will be highly controversial to many. But it contains salutary warnings that we ignore at our peril. And it asks awkward questions to which answers are long overdue.

Trans

Author: Jack Halberstam
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520292685
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This title is part of American Studies Now and available as an e-book first. Visit ucpress.edu/go/americanstudiesnow to learn more. In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition. What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation, and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

A Comparative History Of Literatures In The Iberian Peninsula

Author: César Domínguez
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9027266913
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Volume 2 of A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula brings to an end this collective work that aims at surveying the network of interliterary relations in the Iberian Peninsula. No attempt at such a comparative history of literatures in the Iberian Peninsula has been made until now. In this volume, the focus is placed on images (Section 1), genres (Section 2), forms of mediation (Section 3), and cultural studies and literary repertoires (Section 4). To these four sections an epilogue is added, in which specialists in literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in the (sub)disciplines of comparative history and comparative literary history, search for links between Volumes 1 and 2 from the point of view of general contributions to the field of Iberian comparative studies, and assess the entire project that now reaches completion with contributions from almost one hundred scholars.

Der F Nfte Hammer

Author: Daniel Heller-Roazen
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104020655
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Was sich der Harmonie der Welt nicht fügen mag Es heißt, dass Pythagoras die Harmonielehre erfand, als er bei einem Schmied den Klang von fünf Hämmern hörte. Vier Hammerschläge konnte er in ein wohlgeordnetes Verhältnis setzen. Der fünfte Hammer jedoch klang dissonant. Pythagoras musste ihn aus seiner Theorie ausschließen. In seiner Studie untersucht der bekannte Philosoph Daniel Heller-Roazen das Konzept der Harmonie in einem weiten Sinn: Seit der Antike dient es als Paradigma für das wissenschaftliche Verstehen der wahrnehmbaren Welt. Doch immer wieder gibt es etwas Dissonantes, das sich gegen die Harmonie wehrt. Von der Musik über Metaphysik, Ästhetik und Astronomie, von Platon bis Kant untersucht ›Der fünfte Hammer‹, wie die wissenschaftliche Ordnung der Welt eine Realität suggeriert, die jedoch weder in Noten noch Buchstaben völlig erfasst werden kann. Ein fünfter Hammer klingt hartnäckig durch.

Palladio Die Villa Und Die Landschaft

Author: Gerrit Smienk
Publisher: Birkhauser
ISBN: 9783034607537
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Andrea Palladio kann zweifelsohne als einer der bedeutendsten Architekten weltweit gelten. Er war der erste "Berufsarchitekt" und wurde durch die romische und griechische Architektur, vornehmlich Vitruv, stark gepragt. Seine Abhandlung "Quatro libri dell'architectura" brachte ihm weltweit Anerkennung. Seine Villengehoren inzwischen dem UNESCO Weltkulturerbe an. Die ausgestellten Villen bilden einen reprasentativen Querschinitt des umfangreichen Schaffen Palladios.Die landschaftsformationen Venetiens, in denen diese Villen stehen, lassen sich in drei Typen aufgliedern: Ebenen, von Bergen umsaumt, Trockenebenen und Marschland. Im Buch werden zehn der 18 erhaltenen Villen Palladios in ihrem spezifischen Zusammenhang zu ihrer jeweiligen landschaftlichen Umgebung dokumentiert und analysiert; ihr Einfluss wird untersucht. Der Autor Gerrit Smienk lehrte als Landschaftsarchitekt uber viele Jahre an der TU Delft und dem Berlage Institute in Rotterdam und ist ein ausgewiesener Kenner der italienischen Renaissance."