Transnationalism, Activism, Art
Banksy is known worldwide for his politically subversive works of art, but he is far from the only artist whose creations are infused with internationally relevant, activist themes. How else can the arts help activate citizen participation in social justice movements? Moreover, what is the role of culture in a globalizing world?
Transnationalism, Activism, Art goes beyond Banksy by investigating how the three complementary political, social, and cultural phenomena listed in the title interact in the twenty-first century. Renowned and emerging critics use current theory on cultural production and politics to illuminate case studies of various media, including film, literature, visual art, and performance, in their multiple manifestations, from electronic dance music to Wikileaks to bestselling poetry collections. By addressing how these artistic media are used to enact citizen participation in social justice movements, the volume makes important connections between such participation and scholarly study of globalization and transnationalism.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.3in
‘With increased attention being paid toward politically engaged art, Transnationalism, Activism, Art is even more crucial as a book than ever before. A thoughtful collection of essays on diverse forms of contemporary cultural production, it allows us to understand popular culture in a new, fuller way.’
Heather Zwicker, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta
‘This collection is original, fresh, and illuminating and makes an important contribution to research in and around the political and artistic stakes of transnationalism. It is a most worthwhile read because of the richness of the reverberations and resonances between the contributions, the variety of artistic practices studied and approaches represented. Readers with an interest in postcolonial studies, cultural studies, visual studies, theory of art and design, cinema studies, and also in political thought and the social sciences more widely should find this book stimulating and useful.’
Mary Gallagher, School of Languages and Literature, University College Dublin
Author InformationKit Dobson is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University.
Aine McGlynn holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Introduction: Transnationalism, Activism, Art
1 Manhattanism and Future Cities: Some Provocations on Art and New Urban Forms
2 Mumbai, Slumbai: Transnationalism and Postcolonialism in Urban Slums
3 Ends of Culture
4 Transnational Culture: An Interview with Graham Huggan
5 The Translegality of Digital Nonspace: Digital Counter-Power and Its Representation
6 Queers without Borders? On the Impossibility of 'Queer Citizenship' and the Promise of Transnational Aesthetic Mutiny
7 Outernational Transmission: The Politics of Activism in Electronic Dance Music
8 Transnational Indigenous Feminism: An Interview with Lee Maracle
9 This Is What Democracy Looks Like? or, The Art of Opposition
10 Transnationalizing the Rhythm / Remastering the National Dance: The Politics of Black Performance in Contemporary Cinema of the Americas
11 Author as Metabrand in the Postcolonial UK: Booking Daljit Nagra
Afterword: Sentiment or Action
Subjects and Courses