Michael Rectenwald, “Degas’s Wax Horses,” and “Stolen Lines” in Former People
Joan Varnum Ferretti Publishes in the 2013 Annual Edition of Literature in the Early American Republic
Catharine Maria Sedgwick originally intended to use A New-England Tale; or Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (1822) as a tract. Although the piece took on other literary dimensions as America’s first domestic novel, it retains several fundamental traits of the tract genre in the way that it posits the ideological power struggle between two worlds: the spiritual/religious world of America’s Second Great Awakening and the material world of the Market Revolution. As dramatized on the stage of the everyday domestic life of young Jane Elton, the novel’s representation of these two converging and conflicting American worlds tells the tale of the hegemonic battle over the soul and moral conscience of the early republic.
The Writing faculty presents a new reading series at Liberal Studies. At each event, three faculty members will present a selection from their work. Students and faculty are invited, and readings will be followed by a Q&A. The second event in the series will take place on Tuesday, November 19 from 5 to 7 PM in the Liberal Studies Lobby and will feature readings by Irina Langer, Rob Fitterman, and Jacqueline Bishop. Hosted by Matt Longabucco and Tamuira Reid. Refreshments will be served.
Trumpet Fiction, Hosted by Ducts.org: Liberal Studies Writing Faculty Read at KGB Bar Saturday, November 9th
The registration period is now open for the Global Secularisms Conference hosted by the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU. Registration is required for panelists, panel chairs, and NYU or non-NYU audience members. The conference takes place from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and 9:30 AM to 3:15 PM, on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th. Please register by visiting the secure registration page, here. The conference schedule is available, here.
Together with Manuel Roman, Global Liberal Studies professor Ascension Mejorado has published Profitability and the Great Recession: The Role of Accumulation Trends in the Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2013). The book examines investment from the mid-1980s and beyond, “when investors in the US increasingly directed capital towards the financial sector at the expense of non-financial sectors, lured by the perception of higher profits. This flow of capital inflated asset prices, creating the stock market and housing bubbles which burst when the imbalance between stagnant incomes and rising debts triggered the banking meltdown. Profitability and the Great Recession analyzes these trends in profitability and capital accumulation, which the authors identify as the root cause of the financial crisis, in the context of the US and other major OECD countries.” Profitability and the Great Recession: The Role of Accumulation Trends in the Financial Crisis is part of the Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy series.
Michael Rectenwald has published “The Singularity and Socialism” in the October 5, 2013 issue of Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice. The paper considers the technological singularity as predicted and fostered by Ray Kurzweil and others from the standpoint of socialism, particularly a left communist perspective. What is a Marxist understanding of the technological singularity? What are the likely prospects for the singularity under existing (capitalist) conditions? What would become of singulartarian technologies in a socialist society? (The essay has been republished by the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, here.)
Rochelle Almeida has published the essay, “Paradoxes of Belonging—Individuality and Community Identity,” in the August issue of The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies. The essay is an installment in professor Almeida’s much larger study that focuses on a variety of factors pertaining to the cross-cultural encounters of Anglo-Indians in Britain over the past half century.