• Blog Post

    Costs and Crossings: on Apolline Traoré’s "Borders"

    by Lindsay Turner
    Traoré’s 2017 film reminds us that the border itself is a problematic institution. Even in its most stripped-down form, a border exists for the exercise of power against those populations whose movements it controls. Who crosses—and at what cost—depends on lines of race, class, and gender. more
  • Blog Post

    The End of Nationalism?

    by Gregory Jusdanis
    The young nation of Kosovo illustrates how nationhood can bring peace and hope to a community in spite of nationalism's legacy of war, historical revisionism, and oppression. more
  • Colloquy

    Animals, Animacy, and the Moving Image

    by Moira Weigel
    Animals attract moving images. They always have. Animals flapped and galloped around the zootropes, bioscopes, phenakistoscopes, and other proto-cinematic toys of the mid-nineteenth century. They... more
  • Dibur Article

    Money on My Mind: Stein's Meditations

    by Kristin Grogan
    This essay looks at Gertrude Stein’s fraught relationship with money across her career . I argue that Stein’s language works to undermine our shared social and economic language while at the same time revealing a profound anxiety about money. more
  • Blog Post

    Abbas Kiarostami's Digital Turn

    by Ayten Tartici
    In his final film , the late Iranian director pushes the boundary between photography and film to its limit by breaking down the distinction between moment and duration. This reimagination of form would never have been possible without Kiarostami’s openness to digital techniques. more
  • Dibur Issue

    Poetic Currency

    Edited by Adriana X. Jacobs, Anat Weisman
    What are the relations between literature, capital, and labor? This issue of Dibur Literary Journal explores these complicated relations from a variety of perspectives, in a comparative and multilingual context. more
  • Colloquy

    Thing Theory in Literary Studies

    by Sarah Wasserman, Patrick Moran
    That things capture our imagination is hardly news. As Andrew Cole wrote in a 2016 issue of October, "materialism is as old as the hills." Cole claims that new approaches to studying things allow us to find similarities where we have too often found difference, and that this method dates back at least to Hegel and Marx. more

Featured Colloquies

Pages

Recent Multimedia

  • no image
    video
    by Patrick Trefz
    Margaret Cohen, Anne Higonnet, and Jim Denevan discuss representations of the ocean in painting, sculpture, photography, and film.
  • no image
    video
    by Melissa Langer and Catharine Axley
    The ocean is not just one thing. How have we imagined the oceans? How have we represented them? Margaret Cohen and Anne Higonnet reflect on these questions.
  • no image
    video
    by Caetano Veloso
    The singer and songwriter is interviewed by Marjorie Perloff at the 2016 Modern Language Association Convention in Austin. He discusses his early encounters with American music, how he views his...

Publications

Recent Blogs

A reflection on Barbara Lewalski, an influential scholar of the genre-oriented criticism of the mid-twentieth century.
Traoré’s 2017 film reminds us that the border itself is a problematic institution. Even in its most stripped-down form, a border exists for the exercise of power against those populations whose movements it controls. Who crosses—and at what cost—depends on lines of race, class, and gender.
The young nation of Kosovo illustrates how nationhood can bring peace and hope to a community in spite of nationalism's legacy of war, historical revisionism, and oppression.
Does AI represent a radically new direction for humanity? Or is it simply the latest iteration of a myth structuring our world into a hierarchy that glorifies the divine at the expense of the mundane?
Why turn a chicken nugget into a toy? If all objects hold something back from us, as scholars of object-oriented ontology have argued, then who are we to say what secrets the television or the pillow may hold?