ISSN 1048-3721

April 2007


Stanford Humanities Review

PLEASE NOTE: The SHR ceased production in the year 2000, following the publication of volume 8.1.

The journal cannot review or acknowledge any submissions and has limited staff resources for correspondence of any kind. Limited back-issue order fulfillment may be available but cannot be expedited.

The journal's final two volumes (7.2 and 8.1) are not available on-line. We will make every effort to keep this website available, and you are more than welcome to browse the site to read available past issues.

Final two issues...

Volume 7.2   Inside the Film Archive: Practice, Theory, Canon
Volume 8.1 (Spring 2000)  Critical History: The Career of Ian Watt

Past issue...

 Movements of the Avant-Garde
Volume 7.1, 1999
This issue is a result of the conference, "Movements of the Avant-Garde," held at Stanford University in May 1997.  It addresses the concept of movement both as artistic group and as the physical transport of bodies through space in order to see what ruptures this might cause in the smooth fabric of theories of modernism. Following the geographical movements of the avant-garde, artists found rich, yet troubled, encounters between Europe and the Americas, East and West, an imagined modern and its designated primitive. The search for a link between the theories and the travels of the avant-garde led inevitably to inter-disciplinary work that reflected the avant-garde's own experimentation with new media and poetic forms. .

...and Issues on the Shelf

The Athlete's Body
Volume 6.2, 1998
Situating the athlete's body at the center of the complex web of psychological, social, cultural, economic and historical forces that together make up modern athletics, this issue approaches its topic from two perspectives: it examines the mind/body relation as it pertains to athletic performance and experience, and it examines the history and sociology of sport within various cultural contexts.

Disciplining Literature
Volume 6.1, 1998
This issue offers a collection of essays by leading scholars in the different literary fields and methodologies, focusing on the institutional origins and implementations of those discursive practices that bear the name of literary scholarship, literary history, or simply literature. The contributors attempt an evaluation of the contemporary relevance and status of literary scholarship within the academy.

Membership, Migration, and Identity: Dilemmas for Liberal Societies
Volume 5.2, Spring 1997
The authors of the articles in this issue of the Stanford Humanities Review situate themselves, with varying degrees of explicitness, in both the immigration-based membership debates and the wider debates about political and cultural identity. They share a commitment to "deconstructing" or "unpacking" the frames of reference such debates deploy. In making explicit the contingency of meanings and the problematic vagueness of universalistic principles and global solutions, these authors speak in post-modern voices. But in examining the genealogies of particular theories and local constructions of political membership, these authors pierce the veil of modernity to reveal vibrant pre-modern nativisms and self-understandings. They articulate how this veneer has engendered complacency, mystification, and injury.

The Cultural and Technological Incubations of Fascism
 An SEHR Special Supplement
This issue Stanford Humanities Review devoted to the topic of "Cultural and Technological Incubations of Fascism," originated as a research seminar conducted by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Timothy Lenoir, and Jeffrey Schnapp in the winter quarter of 1993. It was built to an unusual degree around hands-on archival research performed at Stanford's Hoover Institution and in Green Library's Special Collections, and it brought together a remarkable cross-section of advanced students from disciplines as variegated as History, History of Science, Classics, Comparative Literature, Drama, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian Studies. It was not intended as a course 'about fascism' in any strict or narrow sense. Nor did it focus upon the concatenation of historical events and circumstances that led to the rise of fascist movements and to their triumph in various parts of the globe during the 1920s and 1930s. Rather, the seminar was set up as an interdisciplinary research forum concerned with the socioeconomic, cultural, and technological preconditions that played different roles as catalysts for the emergence of fascism - even if their relationship to 'fascism' can rarely be described by such terms as causality or necessity.

Contested Polities
Volume 5.1, Spring 1996
 Literary critics, historians, political scientists, and a grab-bag of interdisciplinary specialists weigh in on religion, culture, and politics in the Middle East -- a set of categories endlessly subject to warring interpretations.

Constructions of the Mind: Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities
Volume 4.2, Spring 1995
Philosophers, Artists, Literary Critics, Sociologists, and Cognitive Scientists inquire into the possibility of using computational models to gain a better understanding of the mind and humanity. With an interview of Heinz von Foerster, one of Cybernetics's founding fathers.

 "Bridging the Gap": Where Cognitive Science Meets Literary Criticism
Volume 4.1, Spring 1994
Cognitive scientist Herbert Simon presents his views on the foundations and role of Literary Criticism and draws all kinds of responses from 35 Humanities scholars.

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