Mosaic 53.4 is a special issue on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Forty years after its publication, the book still garners attention. Responses to this short, elegant, and personal text range wildly from irrelevance, anger, and dismissal to constituting something of a recurrent trope in writing on the theory of photography. If artists and photographers have no time for the book and little or nothing to say, theorists of photography and theorists more generally are a different story. And it has been this way since its publication in French in 1980 and in English in 1981. This special issue presents essays by Jeff Fort, Johnnie Gratton, Kathrin Yacavone, Bill Scalia, Kris Pint and Maria Gil Ulldemolins, and Thomas O’Grady. The issue opens with an interview with Vancouver-based photographer Ian Wallace, whose 1973 La Mélancolie de la Rue is featured on the cover, and an archive of photographs of André Zougrana curated by Vincent Meessen.
Issue 53.4, 8 essays, 184 pages, $24.95 CAD
This general issue features essays by Phillip E. Wegner, whose argument for “fixing the intolerable present” turns on science fiction, and specifically the film adaptation of Uncanny X-Men (1980), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014); Jill Marsden, who brings us into proximity with irreducibly singular moments in Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”; and Fergal Gaynor, who examines the performative dimension to breathing in Samuel Beckett’s How It Is.
Issue 53.3, 9 essays, 176 pages, $24.95 CAD
This special issue, guest edited by Nicole Anderson and H. Peter Steeves, brings together eleven essays and an introduction that examine “the many resonances at work in the notion of a ‘political animal’” (Anderson and Steeves 2).
Issue 53.2, 12 essays, 192 pages, $24.95 CAD
This general issue features the winner and runner-up of the Mosaic Emerging Scholar Essay Prize, as well as essays on Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses,” biophilia and the poetry of Thomas Lux, domestic help in contemporary French fiction, and questions of naming in Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight. On its cover, the issue features the art of Haegue Yang.
Issue 53.1, 9 essays, 176 pages, $24.95 CAD
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