Sunday, October 7, 2018

Eyegasm and Eyegiene in Roma! Sapienza University Lecture, April 2018

Just getting around to sharing the poster from the lecture I delivered (first time with simultaneous translation into Italian!) at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, April 2018.  Thanks again to Tito Vagni, Antonio Rafele, and all the beautiful Italy-based graduate students and scholars that made this the trip of a lifetime!  Here's the groovy promo poster:

Here's info from the original posting:

I am finally putting the finishing touches to my my book-length study of 20th and 21st century visual culture--the original working title was Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, but I am toying with adding the term "Eyegasm," inspired by successful classes I have taught at SDSU and UCSD.

Some of my graphic adaptations and thefts (semiotic transmogrification!) appear below--more on my lecture shortly, but here's the facts:

 Between Eyegiene and Eyegasm: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race
10 april, 15h-16.30
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (Faculty of Arts)
Aula Magna  | via di Ripetta, 2 ROME ITALY
Discussant: Antonio Rafele (Université Lille 3), Federico Tarquini (Università della Tuscia), Tito Vagni (IULM, Milano)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

English 220.06 @ SDSU Fall 2018 An Epic General Education Experiment: ROBOTIC EROTIC ELECTRIC | Professor William A. Nericcio



Robotic Erotic Electric or "I"/Eye Robot

English 220.06 Fall 2018,  Professor William Nericcio

Tuesdays and Thursday @11am in GMCS 333

Our utterly experimental and improvisational Fall 2018 section of "Introduction to Literature" (Engl 220.3—schedule # 21066) will be a veritable wonderland filled with bizarre, alluring fictional bodies. From the remarkable and haunting nightmares of Ira Levin's THE STEPFORD WIVES to the irreverent and haunting hallucinations of Franz Kafka (and Kafka's life as revisioned by underground comic book icon Robert Crumb), from the dark, sensual nightmare of a 21st century Siggy Freud in the mad prose of Lidia Yuknavitch, to the (slightly demented) exotic borderlands in the writings of yours truly in Tex[t]-Mex, our catalogue of textual and screened delights has enough controversy, outrage, and mystery to keep us busy for a lifetime. But as we have only 15 weeks to introduce ourselves to the range of artifacts that pass as literature at the dawn of the 21st Century, so things will zip along at an amphetamine-laced pace!
   
Make no mistake about it: this is NOT a survey of long, white-haired, sedate, upper-crust, high literature folks--we will be as obsessed with film, photography, and the internet, as we will the trappings of traditional literature. More an introduction to Cultural Studies than a long-in-the-tooth worship festival of the old classics (sorry Shakespeare, get-out th'way Milton, adios Edmund Spenser), our multi-media exercise in fictional fetishism will try to set itself apart with vivacious books, paintings, and film filled with tortured, robotic, broken imaginations. We will be strive to be eccentric (ex-centric, outside the circle) as we explore the world of alternative subjectivities, "televisual" constructions (think Facebook) where individuals make and remake themselves on a daily basis.  Robotic Erotic Electric will drive our curiousity as we try to understand why our species creates versions of itself that it then re-markets (to itself) in various media: books, film, photography, the web, etc. It turns out that the seductive fantasies, grotesque nightmares, and alluring hallucinations that our creative writers, directors, photographers, artists, philosophers make (shamans of fiction, all) form a key part of what we call our psyche: the psychology or soul that passes for the person you tell people you are. The class is open to all majors and minors and presumes no prior love or experience with literature and cultural studies.

 

 

LOGISTICS? Hit the link!

https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/schedule/sectiondetails?scheduleNumber=21340&period=20184&admin_unit=R

 

Section Details:


CourseENGL-220
Course TitleINTRODUCTION TO LITERATUR
Section06
Schedule #21340
Units3.0
SessionFALL CAMPUS
Seats204/300
Meetings
Lecture

1100-1215

TTH


Full TitleIntroduction to Literature
DescriptionInquiry into basic nature of literature. What prompts humankind to creation of imaginative literature? What purposes does literature serve in cultural life of humanity? What are its social, philosophical, spiritual, and esthetic values? Some consideration may be given to techniques and major critical theories, but focus will be on practical criticism for nonspecialists. Specific works studied will be representative of several genres, cultures, and periods of literature.
PrerequisiteA grade of C (2.0) or better in English 100, Africana Studies 120, American Indian Studies 120, or Chicana and Chicano Studies 111B or Linguistics 100B or Rhetoric and Writing Studies 105B. Proof of completion of prerequisite required: Copy of transcript.
Footnotes
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Proof of prerequisite required.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Eyegiene vs Eyegasm Lecture Coming to Rome, Italy | Tuesday 10, April 2018

 

I am finally putting the finishing touches to my my book-length study of 20th and 21st century visual culture--the original working title was Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, but I am toying with adding the term "Eyegasm," inspired by successful classes I have taught at SDSU and UCSD.

Some of my graphic adaptations and thefts (semiotic transmogrification!) appear below--more on my lecture shortly, but here's the facts:
 Between Eyegiene and Eyegasm: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race
10 april, 15h-16.30
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (Faculty of Arts)
Aula Magna  | via di Ripetta, 2 ROME ITALY
Discussant: Antonio Rafele (Université Lille 3), Federico Tarquini (Università della Tuscia), Tito Vagni (IULM, Milano)

















Friday, April 7, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Eyegiene Chapter on Mandingo and Blaxploitation: A Work in Progress



I am in the middle of composing and revising a brief chapter on blaxploitation movies and paperbacks for the Eyegiene book with UT Press.  In the process of spelunking the internets for material on the 1975 film "classic" Mandingo directed by Richard Fleischer--which itself derives from the novel Mandingo by Kyle Onstott and a stage version of the book by Jack Kirkland--I chanced across these screaming semiotic, pulp wonders.  Let's see how many of these I can squeeze into the book!  The source for the images is an Etsy vendor.  I love that the book is an "uncensored" abridgment, meaning, I imagine that bulky scenes of description and dialogue have been excised in the interest of featuring the delights of "scandalous" miscegenation in the old South.





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Eyegiene and Pulp Fiction: Saucy Detective Stories, v1 #5, August 1937 | Norman Saunders Cover Art

Norman Saunders cover, below, will have its day in Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race. Saunders' clever semiotic deconstruction (the pinup woman, object of the magazine purchaser's eye, is, herself, a camera operator, her cutting edge film camera--for then--more prominent in a way than either her shadowy pursuer or her own naked torso) signals a pre-post-structuralist understanding of the technology / representation / subjectivity matrix.  The image, contemporary with Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (actually Benjamin's opus comes out a year previous) augurs ideas that will see full development in Michael Powell's Peeping Tom.


  • Saucy Detective Stories [v1 #5, August 1937] (25¢, 1-96+65b-128b, pulp, cover by Norman Saunders
  • Title page reads Saucy Stories. Details taken from a scan of a (partial) Table of Contents, supplemented by information from Nichole Rounds.
{source: William G. Contento's Homeville Fiction Magazine, main: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/   ||| specific issue info: index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/cfi/t650.htm#A13253}

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) & Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) Collaboration, June 2-June 7, 2014

No one working today in daily comic strips captures the depth, range, and pure semiotic joy of the medium more than Stephen Pastis in Pearls Before Swine--before him came Bill Watterson (and before either of them, way back in the day, Winsor McCay).  So it was magic in 2014 when Watterson and Pastis teamed up for a week of Pearls strips; here they are in all their glory (a higher resolution jpg lives here) :

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