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THE POWER OF THE TRUMPS:

A SUBTLE BURST

CAMELIA ELIAS


EYECORNER PRESS: DIVINATION

ISBN: 978-8792633385

APRIL 2017

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How many times have you sat with the images of the Tarot, especially the trump cards, and had the feeling that although you see what you see, you also see more? I bet your answer to this is, ‘many.’

This series of eight lectures explores the subtlety of the tarot trumps and how its power translates into a concrete experience that can only be summed up like this: ‘I’m reading the Tarot, and it feels like riding the hedge.’

At the heart of it is a simple method in the form of an invitation: Think in a way that bursts open your perception. Don’t think in terms of received perception.

When the Tarot speaks to you, it doesn’t speak in a language that’s borrowed. It speaks in a language that you understand, as you cross the horizon line, where the seen and the unseen mingle in an oracular, and poetic way.


This book is a version of the transcript of eight video recorded lectures. It draws on the practice on divination in the context of storytelling and Zen philosophy.


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INVENTED FUTURES: FIN DE SIÈCLE FANTASIES

PREM PODDAR & ANDREW WATT

EYECORNER PRESS

ISBN: 978-87-92633-36-1

MAY 2016

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“As art, as nostalgia, as historical documents and as explorations of the idea of the future (an idea which, as time goes on, becomes more and more important to deal with), these rare images deserve to be seen, so that we can understand how and why we have diverged from these ‘futures’. In what ways, we ask, are we truly the refl ections of the people at play in these colourful and attractive dreams?” – Andy Sawyer, Science Fiction Foundation, University of Liverpool

“Looking back at how oddly our present was imagined a hundred years ago or more, the thought arises that we may be similarly in the dark about the futures that loom ahead. Should we worry about this, or try to enjoy it? Depending on which hands it falls into, and at which moments, this book, and the collection that it celebrates, will support both abject trepidation and playful openness to whatever may be over the horizon.” – Dominic Rainsford, Professor of Literatures in English, Aarhus University

“An excellent book, “Invented Futures” is filled with pictures of what people about 100 years ago imagined the world would look like in the future (now). Some of it is hilarious and actually caricatures of the future. Some of it is spot on, like Skype, television, cinema, sound recording, cars, flying machines, and a lot of other things that were predicted back then. Things look different than they imagined, but they were on to something in their predictions. It is very funny to see what images people had on their minds back then compared to what the world actually looks like now.” – Jesper Deleuran, Cartoonist

Color interior


robert-leePASSWORD: A BOOK OF LOCKS AND KEYS

A. ROBERT LEE

EYECORNER PRESS

ISBN: 978-87-92633-37-8

MARCH 2016

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Password. Remember children’s games? Or spy films? Or the whispers of code? Add in your computer log-in, bank pin, email. Encryption everywhere. Languages private and public. What’s locked? What’s the key? This latest verse collection by A. Robert Lee takes soundings.

A. Robert Lee was Professor in the English department at Nihon University 1997-2011. British-born, he previously taught at the University of Kent, UK. His creative work includes Japan Textures: Sight and Word, with Mark Gresham (2007), Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line (2011), and the verse collections Ars Geographica: Maps and Compasses (2012),Portrait and Landscape: Further Geographies (2013), Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines (2013),Americas: Selected Verse and Vignette (2015), and Off Course: Roundabouts and Deviations (2016).

Among his academic publications are Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award in 2004, andModern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics (2010). Currently he lives in Murcia, Spain.


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THE ORACLE TRAVELS LIGHT

PRINCIPLES OF MAGIC WITH CARDS

CAMELIA ELIAS

EYECORNER PRESS

JULY 2015

ISBN: 978-87-92633-28-6

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This book depicts manifestations of folk magic, black magic, and practical magic as courage and everyday wisdom, and it demonstrates how reading cards can entice us to concrete magical action. It thus goes beyond reading cards for personal and spiritual growth and demonstrates how the cards create connections between people, from the living to the dead. It talks about objects magically landing in your kitchen, family secrets that get untangled in necromantic sessions, power and how we use it.

At the heart of the book is a guide to storytelling and spellcrafting with cards, demonstrating the transformative power of stories that makes us skilful in the arts of asking the good question, knowing, having, giving and receiving.

Fully color illustrated with the unique and rarely seen Marseille cards of Carolus Zoya (ca. 1790), and accompanied also by the author’s original art, the book is a delight to the eye.


tdm-doubleMARSEILLE TAROT

TOWARDS THE ART OF READING

CAMELIA ELIAS

JANUARY 2015

ISBN: 978-8792633422

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This book is about the art of reading the image, semiotics, and the poetics of cartomancy. Camelia Elias offers an introduction to the Marseille Tarot cards combined with readings of the cards in context. For each description there’s an interpretation that combines the cunning-folk method of reading the cards – based on making logical inferences about the meaning of the cards – and the visual argument method, which relies on the subjective and individual art of perceiving. The book also features full-length readings, based on real-life tarot consultations.

The book aims to cover four basic questions: Why do we read cards? What’s so special about the Marseille Tarot? How can the cards uncover our blind spots? What does it mean to live a magical life, when we allow the stories that the cards tell us to offer solutions to our real problems?

The book is also the first to introduce the readers to the wonderful and strange cards of Carolus Zoya, a most rare and unseen Tarot de Marseille deck made in Turin at the end of 1700. It is a book that engages with the card maker, Carolus Zoya, through storytelling.

Enjoy a preview sample that features a few descriptions of some trump cards. The paperback also features color interior.


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FREUD

SOME LITERARY PERSPECTIVES

DAVID GORDON

November, 2014

ISBN: 978-8792633354

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Gordon’s nine essays explore the literary reception of Freud in various contexts. They study the connection of his psychoanalysis to: the concepts of tragedy and comedy; to literary criticism as represented by Harold Bloom; the cognitive challenge of his (and Darwin’s) major theories; the competition between his concept of depth and that of certain novelists; the concept of memory illustrated in Proust and cognitive neuroscience; the imagining of one’s own death represented by post-Enlightenment poetry; the interpretation of “Hamlet”; Nietzsche’s idea of “the good European”; and, finally, to what a cultural perspective can contribute in assessing the value of psychoanalysis today.


magiculum3THE MAGICULUM

TODD LANDMAN, editor

APRIL 2014

ISBN: 978-8792633279

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This collection of essays has been written by magicians who really care about magic. Having discovered magic at a young age, they have allowed it to mature alongside their intellectual and practical formation. They contemplate different dimensions of magic and how they relate to it. Their stories and reflections reveal remarkable similarities in the themes that they address: Magic as power. Magic as escape. Magic as protection. Magic as play. Magic as medium. Magic as unknowable. Magic as symbol. Magic as language. Magic as incomplete. The book will touch anyone who has imagined a magical world and who has a sense of wonder, either as a child or as an adult. Broad in its approach, specific in its intent, The Magiculum offers much to contemplate.


gray2KANT IN HONG KONG

WALKING, THINKING, AND THE CITY

GRAY KOCHHAR-LINDGREN

February 2014

ISBN: 978-8792633262

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In Kant in Hong Kong travel, philosophy, and the city weave through one another. The book brings Immanuel Kant—famous for the regularity of his walks in his hometown of Königsberg—into the swarming streets of the hypermodern city and carries everyday urban experience into the labyrinthine texts of Kant’s critical idealism.  It lets the empirical and the transcendental play with one another in Kowloon, Hung Hom, Sheung Wan, and Admiralty as we move up and down the travelator between Queen’s Road Central and the Mid-Levels or take the bus to the beach at Shek-O. Freedom and knowledge swirl through the thick incense in the Temple of Tin Hau. When Kant comes to visit, walking, thinking, and the city illuminate one another more brightly than the colored lights of the nightly laser shows illuminate the harbor-front skyline of Hong Kong.


enrique3-ling-frontLINGUISTICK

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ

AUGUST 2013

ISBN: 978-8792633255

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“Can we know language? Or is language a game resisting knowledge? And what magic do we find in the words that we find within words? ‘linguistick-uistickling’ is Enrique Enriquez’s follow up on his previous work with the poetics of the Tarot. But here he is more spell-binding. This is a truly modern grimoire that discloses what hides in plain site. Our tongues are tickled.” — Camelia Elias, editorial review. “Halfway between the tongue twister, the riddle and the jigsaw puzzle (rompecabezas in Spanish), the exercises of Enrique Enriquez have a wonderfully weird way to travel from the eyes to the brain and then to the mouth, where finally the transmutation process is complete at the time of the utterance. Alchemy of the verb, pure and applied.” — Carlos Soto-Roman


greg-frontPILGRIMS TO ELSEWHERE

GREGORY STEPHENSON

AUGUST 2013

ISBN: 978-8792633248

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The essays and shorter pieces in this collection treat writers of the Beat Generation, together with certain of their allies and ancestors. Authors whose works are considered include Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Bob Kaufman, as well as Fitz Hugh Ludlow, James S. Lee and Ken Nordine. A theme seen implicitly to be linking these authors is their common yearning for utopian harmony and mystical transcendence, a desire that drives their vocation as pilgrims to elsewhere.


glenn-frontCRUEL THEORY | SUBLIME PRACTICE

GLENN WALLIS, TOM PEPPER, MATTHIAS STEINGASS

JULY 2013

ISBN: 978-8792633231

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‘Cruel Theory | Sublime Practice’ consists of three parts. Each part addresses both theoretical and practical dimensions of Buddhism. Authored individually, each part nonetheless interacts with the concerns of the others. Those concerns include the formation of an autonomous subject in the face of Buddhism’s concealment of its ideological force; the possibility of a practice that thus serves as a theory or science of ideology; the reconstitution of practice as an organon of authoritative structures, including controlling social-conceptual representations; and the perception of Buddhism as the subject of a historical process. Perhaps the most salient theme running throughout the book concerns the crucial necessity of transfusing anemic contemporary Buddhist discourse with the lifeblood of rigorous, creative thought. Will Buddhism in the twenty-first century West help fashion a liberated subject? Or will it continue to be a deceptive mythos spawning subjects who are content to rest at ease in the thrall of predatory capitalism? The three parts of ‘Cruel Theory | Sublime Practice’ share a common concern: to push Buddhism to the brink.



camelia-epistIN CITE:

EPISTEMOLOGIES OF CREATIVE WRITING

CAMELIA ELIAS

MARCH 2013

ISBN: 978-8792633330

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The epistemic creative writer is not merely an expressive writer, a writer who writes for creative writing programs at diverse university colleges. Rather, the epistemic creative writer is the writer who understands that in order to say something useful you must step out of the space that engages your ego. Awareness of what really matters comes from the contemplation of the futility of words. Before the word there is silence. After the word there is silence. But during the word there is knowledge that can be made crystal clear. This book is about extracting what writing means to a few writers who formulate ideas about creative writing without, however, making claims to instruction. Can creative writing that produces knowledge be taught without a method? Samuel Beckett, Raymond Federman, Gertrude Stein, Jacques Lacan, Frank O’Hara, Douglas Hofstadter, Brian Rotman, Herman Melville, Kathy Acker, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Markson, Andrei Codrescu, and a host of others, gather here to offer an answer.

– “Camelia Elias speaks to the reader from that place where the language of the birds becomes the language of silence.” (PATRICK BLACKBURN, Professor of Formal Logic, Roskilde University)

“Highly erudite, impressively well-researched… vastly informative, and highly ambitious. Elias’s art enacts what it professes.” (OCTAVIAN MORE, Professor of English, Babes-Bolyai University – read the 7-page long review here)

– This work also formed the basis for a Dr. Phil. dissertation. The work was defended successfully for the highest degree in Denmark (above the PhD) on February 17, 2014.


gordonSEVEN LITERARY ANTITHEISTS:

FROM DIDEROT TO BECKETT

DAVID GORDON

FEBRUARY 2013

ISBN: 978-8792633224

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David Gordon reminds us that, while the word God is no longer meaningful from a scientific point of view, it continues to denote a resonant myth in our imaginative lives. He directs our attention to those gifted writers (here called “literary antitheists”) who combat the presence of this myth in their own minds by finding artistic means to dramatize the resultant conflict. Seven such writers, spanning a 200 year period, are closely studied, their shifting orientation to the God question constituting a progressive narration. Diderot, before the French Revolution, wrestles speculatively with the difficulty of reconciling the godless materialist philosophy he embraced with man’s undeniable moral concerns. In the 19th century the matter becomes more urgent. Buechner imagines a connection between human helplessness in the face of history and divine impotence, and Mark Twain satirically links God and man by way of their common cruelty and stupidity. Nietzsche boldly explores the moral difficulties and opportunities of living in a metaphysically formless world, while Hardy broods poetically over the lack of fitness between man and a quasi-anthropomorphic cosmic will. For Stevens in the 20th century God is assumed to be absent, but the need to believe persists, and his work asks how the making of poetry can answer that need. Rounding out the narrative, Beckett understands the nihilism that had alarmed and excited Nietzsche as simply defining the human condition. The lingering old myth is a subject for mockery and can offer us no comfort at all. His response is to invent remarkable ways by which nothingness itself becomes fertile ground for imaginative effort.


enrique2-frontEN TEREX IT: ENCOUNTERS AROUND THE TAROT, VOL 1

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ

DECEMBER 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633217

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In these 2 volumes Enrique gathers fresh voices and sharp tongues to speak of the art of Tarot as the art of living magically. Forty-seven tarot luminaries (readers, historians, philosophers, magicians, and scientists alike) gather here to offer unique perspectives on what we can think of as divination with bones, human bones. Artists, deck creators, and modern-day neo-platonists follow Enrique’s lead, letting themselves be enchanted by the piper at the gate of games. Some of the central questions that Enrique deals with are: do we read for the symbol, or the image? Do we read for the narrative that the cards create or their potential for transformation? Do we read for the plot, the poetry, or the formal properties? We find Enrique holding the torch and asking everybody the same questions: how do we experience the tarot? Through symbolic readings or through interacting with the image? While it is clear that he goes with the latter, he gives everyone a chance to state their preferences. But he doesn’t stop there. He wants to see what the argument is for such preferences. What are the motivations in considering where images take us? How do the images do that? Why do we go to fortunetellers? My own contribution to this is to suggest that we read cards for the magic of narrative. We go to fortunetellers to see others play with our lives. Here are 47 of them. – CAMELIA ELIAS, “HE RECO ME: ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ’S POETICS OF DIVINATION”


AWARD: tarosophy-prize

EyeCorner Press wins:

“Best small press tarot book category in the annual Tarosophists, the annual professional Tarot awards.”

Awarded by Marcus Katz and the members of Tarot Professionals organization, an organization that focusses on Tarot history, scholarly Tarot studies, and the practice of cartomantic divination.


enrique2-front21EX ITENT ER: ENCOUNTERS AROUND THE TAROT, VOL 2

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ

DECEMBER 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633217

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In these 2 volumes Enrique gathers fresh voices and sharp tongues to speak of the art of Tarot as the art of living magically. Forty-seven tarot luminaries (readers, historians, philosophers, magicians, and scientists alike) gather here to offer unique perspectives on what we can think of as divination with bones, human bones. Artists, deck creators, and modern-day neo-platonists follow Enrique’s lead, letting themselves be enchanted by the piper at the gate of games. Some of the central questions that Enrique deals with are: do we read for the symbol, or the image? Do we read for the narrative that the cards create or their potential for transformation? Do we read for the plot, the poetry, or the formal properties? We find Enrique holding the torch and asking everybody the same questions: how do we experience the tarot? Through symbolic readings or through interacting with the image? While it is clear that he goes with the latter, he gives everyone a chance to state their preferences. But he doesn’t stop there. He wants to see what the argument is for such preferences. What are the motivations in considering where images take us? How do the images do that? Why do we go to fortunetellers? My own contribution to this is to suggest that we read cards for the magic of narrative. We go to fortunetellers to see others play with our lives. Here are 47 of them. – CAMELIA ELIAS, “HE RECO ME: ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ’S POETICS OF DIVINATION”


krause-front2OPTICAL BIASES: EPIGRAMS

RICHARD KRAUSE

SEPTEMBER 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633163

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OPTICAL BIASES is a collection of original epigrams. Each epigram is carefully culled, has a twist or edge, and is included as an aesthetic whole. They are readable. They are clear. They don’t require head scratching. Though they might not be read in a sitting, a reader would easily want to go through them once started. There is humor and no fillers are intended. Overall the collection shows a way of looking, despite the writer’s own optical biases. Meaning and insight are the objects throughout. Areas that are addressed include intelligence, love, women, beauty, sex, cruelty, loneliness, friendship, talent and ambition, family, religion, and power.


caridad2-front2BLASTED HEAVENS:

Five Contemporary Plays Inspired by the Greeks

CARIDAD SVICH

SEPTEMBER 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633187

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A collection of five daring, radical reconfigurations of ancient plays and myths by US playwright Caridad Svich, winner of a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. From the mediatised archival landscape of the haunting Antigone Arkhe to the brutalised labyrinth-city of Steal Back Light from the Virtual to the eerie, broken universe of Wreckage, Svich burns through the core of mythic stories with a heightened sense of theatricality and ecstatic poetry.

“Like rain when it’s dry and ice cream in the summer – you can’t say no to the writing of Caridad Svich; you need it, you deserve it. Her mind is generous and nimble; she is capable of subtlety at the highest levels of refinement, and is also inexhaustibly cruel (ice cream is cold as well as sweet). Svich does much here to crack the classic problems of the epic on stage – the epic is for her much more than an accumulation of event – it is the risk of the infinite. Here characters and stories continually threaten to spiritualize, yet ultimately remain in their blood.” – Erik Ehn, playwright


rachel-frontTYRANT OIDIPOUS: A New Translation of Sophocles’s Oedipus Tyrannus

RACHEL POLLACK AND DAVID VINE

MARCH 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633156

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Sophocles’s Oedipus Tyrannus (also known by its Latin title Oedipus Rex) is one of the world’s fundamental works of literature, the model for Aristotle’s theory of tragedy, and the inspiration for Freud’s Oedipus Complex. This new translation, rigorously faithful to Sophocles’ words and images, reveals the play in all its dramatic and poetic power, the terrifying story of a man whose idealism and belief in his own ability to uncover secrets destroys himself and everyone he loves. Both a murder investigation and an exploration of the struggle between free will and fate—between rational choice and the oracles of the gods—Tyrant Oidipous takes us into the heart of our own deepest mysteries.

“A double mystery, this fresh translation is a crime story and an exploration of fate as Sophocles intended. Taking it back to archaic roots in the original language, Pollack and Vine capture the magnificence of the precise moment mortal lives intersect with the intentions of their gods. ‘Oidipous’ the play is gorgeous in this unique rendering. Utterly rational, purely poetic, fast-paced storytelling compels the unfolding drama. Don’t miss the introductory notes.” —Nor Hall, author of The Moon & the Virgin


caridad-frontOUT OF SILENCE: Censorship in Theatre & Performance

CARIDAD SVICH, editor

FEBRUARY 2012

ISBN: 978-8792633149

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This collection of essays on the subject of theatre and various forms of censorship gathers in an original and stimulating manner the voices of academics, practitioners and artist-scholars, among them Chantal Bilodeau, Stephen Bottoms, Marvin Carlson, Tim Crouch, Stephen J. Duncombe, Rinde Eckert, Randy Gener, Matthew Goulish, Baz Kershaw, Joanna Laurens, Carl Lavery, Christopher Shinn, and Aleks Sierz. Edited by playwright, scholar and activist Caridad Svich, Out of Silence is an impassioned volume that focuses not only on governmental censorship, but also on the self-censorship of theatre artists in the process of theatre-making and performance.

“This insightful book should be read by theatre practitioners and administrators, and especially by those who guide the future generations of theatre artists who hopefully will be able to help create a vital theatre.” – Ted Shank


brian-frontLA DIABOLIQUE TRAGÉDIE

MADAME X

DECEMBER 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633132

OUT OF PRINT

En 2010 fut découvert une œuvre littéraire datant du début du XIXème siècle intitulée La Diabolique Tragédie. Au cours des deux siècles qui ont suivi sa rédaction, le manuscrit est resté aux mains des collectionneurs, principalement des collectionneurs d’éditions duodécimo de romans noirs datant de la fin du XVIIIème siècle et du début du XIXème siècle, avant que son possesseur actuel ne décidât qu’il était grand temps de faire connaître ce texte au grand public. L’œuvre a été créée par un faussaire de l’époque ayant adopté comme nom de plume « Madame X », et son intention, nous le savons, était de publier le texte en le faisant passer pour un authentique texte de Jean-Jacques Rousseau. L’idée de X, qui n’est pas inconcevable en soi, est que, à l’insu de ses contemporains, Rousseau avait écrit une réfutation du Paradis perdu de Milton dans laquelle il explorait jusqu’au bout les implications de sa propre conception de l’homme naturel, en incorporant dans le nouveau texte des extraits d’œuvres précédentes, principalement du Discours sur l’origine et les fondements de l’inégalité parmi les hommes.


enrique-front-rgbTAROLOGY

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ

NOVEMBER 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633125

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In Tarology Enrique Enriquez sees the Tarot de Marseille through the prism and science of pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. By following into the footsteps of Oulipian writers, he applies the idea of constraint and the rule of restriction to the surprisingly visual and gestural nature of Tarot. The result is not only illuminating but also enriching for all those interested in the history of Tarot and its divinatory practices. Enriquez develops a whole new method of reading cards, which combines careful considerations of chance with choice. By using a phenomenological and constructivist approach to the cards, Enriquez shows how the Tarot de Marseille speaks poetry and thus reveals some of our deepest concerns with language, with what we can say when we are at a loss for words.


maria-frontFIGHTING THE ANGEL: BIBLICAL AND MYTHICAL ENCOUNTERS WITH DEMONS AND DEITIES

MARIA KARDAUN

SEPTEMBER 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633118

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As the Biblical patriarch Jacob, after twenty years of exile, is about to cross the river that separates him from home, he gets into a nocturnal fight with a supernatural figure, traditionally referred to as ‘the angel’. As a result of the wrestling match Jacob is injured, however he also receives a blessing and a new name: from now on he is called Israel. The present study proposes a Jungian reading of this famous episode in Genesis. The focus is on the intriguing identity of Jacob’s enigmatic adversary: who or what is that figure on the riverside and what does he want from Jacob? Parallels from other mythological tales are discussed and it will be shown that Jacob is by no means the only character in world mythology to get into a conflict with a demon or deity, even though his attitude towards unwilling divine powers is rather special. Reading like a detective story, the book takes us on a journey that slowly but steadily unlocks the true nature of Jacob’s mysterious opponent. The surprising outcome adds to our understanding of the figure of Jacob-Israel. Moreover, it makes us aware of a number of hitherto overlooked characteristics that modern Western society inherited from its Judaeo-Christian past.


theory-front-rgbTHE WAY OF THE SIGN: CULTURAL TEXT THEORY IN TWO STEPS

CAMELIA ELIAS

AUGUST 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633101

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This is a book about extraction, about reducing methods of inquiry to the bare bones. It guides students through 10 schools of theory and criticism. The focus is on ‘asking’ each theory to give its best in the simplest way, by making us see what is at stake and how we might respond to it. In simple Socratic dialogue, Elias invents scenarios: ‘What is happening?’ Deconstruction asks. And we answer with it: ‘We are buying a mythology.’ ‘How does it make us feel?’ ‘Dumb.’ ‘What is happening?’ Marxism asks. And we answer with it: ‘The rich cheat us.’ ‘How does it make us feel?’ ‘Angry’. By posing such simple questions, the book brings out the complexity of the ideas formulated in different approaches to texts, and the joy at discovering that some theories are mighty simple, and therefore also beautiful. The book’s aim is thus to contribute to every student’s ‘aha’ experience. Make it richer, so that they themselves can start asking questions.


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AURORA RESURGENS

ANTHONY JOHNSON

Edited and with an introduction by Camelia Elias

APRIL 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633057

OUT OF PRINT

This book is an inédit presentation of three different texts. One discussing a Finnish sawmill in the form of a prose poem which brings the reader into a world of Sanskrit etymologies and the legend of ‘The Shining Ones’. Another is a libretto for the Opera ‘The Clavis Magna of Giordano Bruno’. In search of a lost text by a great Renaissance magus, the libretto offers an investigation of memory theatres, alchemy, religion and magic in the Sixteenth century: juxtaposing them against a contemporary story which closes on the cusp of the new millennium and the 400th anniversary of Bruno’s burning. The third set of texts is a selection of poems, ‘Running with Dogs’, including ‘Tangram’ a seven-part work inspired by the Italian disaster at Seveso in 1976 and its aftermath. At the heart of the book is the idea that loss can be conceptualized not only in thaumaturgic terms but may also become a means of generating a redemptive alchemy of its own.


yunus-front-coverTOWARDS A GENEALOGY OF SPECTACLE

YUNUS TUNCEL

MARCH 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633071

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This book is an exploration of contemporary experience of spectacle in its multiple layers, as it attempts to expose the forces that are at work in the making of spectacular events. The book first makes a heuristic distinction between inner and outer forces of spectacle and later brings them together into genealogically sensible ideas, while reflecting on the problems of spectacular experiences and relations. It sets before itself two goals: to understand the language of spectacle, the signs that it emanates and the affects that it distributes, and to dissect the pathos of spectacle of contemporary society. In an age that is saturated with technology and the products of mass media, it aims to show how and why grand artistic spectacles are needed for the life and health of a culture.

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george-frontWORD MADE FLESH

GEORGE HUNKA

MARCH 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633088

OUT OF PRINT

Collectively, the entries here are not a manifesto nor a theory. This is neither an academic treatise nor a textbook. What destruction is sought is a destruction of received consciousness, not a bomb thrown into a building or a classroom. They describe a theatre that does not exist, that may never exist except as an imaginative possibility in the mind of the dreamer.


david-frontWRITING WITH BLOOD

DAVID KILPATRICK

MARCH 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633095

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Tragic writing emerges as a representation of a sacrificial crisis that calls into question the human relation to the divine. The process of dramatization that exposes this crisis places the subject and language at risk. Writing with Blood explores the birth and death of the tragic subject in antiquity and the modernist reanimation of the sacrificial in Nietzsche, Bataille and Mishima.


joyce-front-rgbTHE WINDS OF ILION

STEVEN JOYCE

MARCH 2011

ISBN: 978-8792633026

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When Novalis declared that “the world must be romanticized,” that it must be restored to its plenary “meaning, magic, and mystery,” he, like Friedrich Schlegel touts the fragment as the vehicle of this restorative art. The Winds of Ilion is an eclectic work that brings together poetry, academic essay, personal memoir, short-short story, and creative fragments in a manner redolent both of the early German romantics and of the Greek concept of moira. The many different creative threads composing this work weave a fabric of variegated meanings whose scope extends to the disparate events and marginal circumstances both of literary and everyday life.

The Winds of Ilion received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award that recognizes and supports Ohio artists whose completed body of work indicates “. . . creativity and imagination that exemplifies the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline.”  The juried panel cited the layout of the work as well as the concept employing the fragment as both a literary and heuristic device.


9788792633064-cov.inddTHE ACOLYTES

RAINER J. HANSHE

DECEMBER 2010

ISBN: 978-8792633064

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“The connection between the aesthetic and the religious realm in the term “acolyte” is important for Rainer J. Hanshe’s novel as it subtly links his story of masters and disciples in the thespian and literary arts to the contemporary crisis in the Church. In the acolyte’s realm the cults of art and religion converge. Hanshe’s novel also illuminates, in beautiful and also horrifying ways, the many-nuanced nature of “love.” In a deeply poetic subplot it shows the oneness of two beings in and with each other as an evocation of cosmic unity. The novel is a riveting, slightly surreal portrait of the bohemian underworld of New York and it exposes the sinister underside of the ever-beckoning dream of art. It shows with fascinating nuance the multi-faceted nature of artistic ambition, illuminating a range from lofty yearning to diabolical craving for power.” (Walter H. Sokel)

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gian-frontRENATI THE KING

GIAN DiDONNA

NOVEMBER 2010

ISBN: 978-8792633040

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Renati the King is a play that explores the final hours of Rene Descartes. It is also a play about the perennial question of how love is addressed, who embodies it, and at what level of mastery it is exercised. Baroque and android-like characters intersect each other’s fates, and it is suggested that if human love is impossible in terms of constancy, then that of the posthuman is not. Rainer J. Hanshe offers an illuminating counterpoint to this idea by situating the play in a wide context that includes careful considerations of the ancient Greeks, court politics, Nietzsche, and a host of poets ranging from Aristophanes to Genet and Beckett, and tracing the implication of philosophers becoming dramatists.

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camelia-elias-logician-front-rgbTHE LOGICIAN

CAMELIA ELIAS

OCTOBER 22, 2010

ISBN: 978-8792633033

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This is a book of fragments and prose poetry celebrating what mothers try to pass on to their children: a sense of how to be grateful for the experiences in life that can be said to be not only beautiful but also significant in form. The author’s own mother, a logician, emerges as a powerful woman who has things to say to people she encounters through mediation: mathematicians, prophets, lovers, and fools. The introduction to the collection is an informative memoir which entangles the personal essay with the formal properties of writing that can be said to be both epistemic, creating a certain kind of knowledge, and also creative in terms of approaches to narrative.


gray-front-cover-rgbNIGHT CAFÉ: THE AMOROUS NOTES OF A BARISTA

GRAY KOCHHAR-LINDGREN

SEPTEMBER 2010

ISBN: 978-8792633019

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Night Café is a book for the senses that think. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren takes us through a history of coffee as recorded for and by the thinkers of the 19th and 20th century. The Night Café brings together prominent critics, artists, and intellectuals in an encounter which the author describes as a meeting between epistemo-lovers who are equally into rigorous mathematics and the architecture of the tastes. Here’s some coffee according to Walter Benjamin, Vincent Van Gogh, Hemingway, Rilke, Ovid, and others.


coarctate-coverCOARCTATE: ANTIGONE’S RETURN AND SELECTED POEMS

MARK DANIEL COHEN

AUGUST 2010

ISBN: 978-8792633002

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In this volume, Mark Daniel Cohen offers, in the first part, a fresh and intelligent look at Sophocles, re-writing Antigone almost as a Beckettian version of Tristan and Isolde. The modern-day domestic drama is continued in the second part of the volume, in which selected poems aptly combine the trivial and the sublime, the mark and measure of every great classic. Camelia Elias writes the introduction under a contaminated spell.


pulverizing-front-coverPULVERIZING PORTRAITS:
LYNN EMANUEL’S POETRY OF BECOMING

CAMELIA ELIAS

JANUARY 2010

ISBN: 978-8799245680

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Pulverizing Portraits provides the first book-length study of contemporary American poet Lynn Emanuel. Emanuel’s poetry is significant because it situates itself in relation to current debates about the state of poetry, creative writing in the academia, and the importance of drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to poetry via visual aesthetics, poststructuralist literary and theoretical perspectives, and philosophy. Elias traces the power of Emanuel’s writing and looks at her subtleties in combining intrinsic and formal constraints in poetry with extrinsic and socio-historical methodologies.


gibbons-front-coverJAGGED TIMELINE

ROBERT GIBBONS

MARCH 2010

ISBN: 978-8799245673

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This bilingual volume introduces the work of American prose poet Robert Gibbons to a transatlantic audience. The volume shows how multifaceted a poet he is, effortlessly exploring political, aesthetic and emotional themes, such as war, poverty, exile, work, love and the archives of Time. Presenting Danish translations of 64 of the poet’s best pieces, juxtaposed with the American original versions, the book also contains a lengthy scholarly introduction by the editor and translator, Bent Sørensen, forming the first sustained academic study of Gibbons’ work.


between-gazesBETWEEN GAZES: FEMINIST, QUEER AND OTHER FILMS

CAMELIA ELIAS

MARCH 2009

ISBN: 978-8799245697

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In this book Camelia Elias introduces key terms in feminist, queer, and postcolonial/diaspora film. Taking her point of departure in the question, “what do you want from me?” she detours through Lacanian theory of the gaze and reframes questions of subjectivity and representation in an entertaining entanglement of visual with textual poetics in film.


poe-coverPASSION SPENT: LOVE IDENTITY AND REASON IN E.A. POE

BENT SØRENSEN

JULY 2008

ISBN: 978-8799245666

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This book is a reading of the arabesque tales of Edgar Allan Poe, focusing on the main themes of love, identity, and reason as they are played out in a core set of four love stories bearing the names of beautiful undying ladies. Included are chapters on structural plot analysis, the doppelgänger motif and close readings of thematic features in the four Poe tales. The book also offers a categorization of Poe’s entire fictional oeuvre using the terms arabesque and grotesque, as well as a discussion of love’s psychology and tellability.


federman-frenzyFEDERMAN FRENZY

CAMELIA ELIAS, editor

OCTOBER 2008

ISBN: 978-8799245642

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Celebrated American author Raymond Federman is 80 this year. The present volume, which is a collaboration between scholars at Aalborg and Roskilde University, marks this event in addition to introducing Federman to the general public. As Federman has given the editor, Camelia Elias, his permission “to use and abuse whatever you need and want from my work including my body,” she has not hesitated to do so. The result is a fascinating read. The volume features 4 scholarly essays and an inédit encounter between Federman and Elias, featuring both of these authors’ texts.


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FIVE FACES OF DERRIDA

BENT SØRENSEN, editor

JULY 2008

ISBN: 978-8799245635

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Derrida is still with us. Through his writings and his performances. This book offers a unique insight into Derrida’s last years through analyses by 4 Danish scholars of Kirby Dick and Amy Kofman Ziering’s movie “Derrida” (2002). Derrida emerges not only as a wise man, but also as one who can touch our most sensitive cores. The four essays presented here end with a fifth text which is a dialogue between Bent Sørensen, the editor, who met Derrida immediately after 9/11, Camelia Elias, who personally knew Derrida, Steen Ledet Christiansen, who has never seen Derrida, and Søren Hattesen Balle, who personally tried to convince Derrida that he is a Romantic.


butulescuÅRSTIDER I SKEPTIKERENS HIMMEL

VALERIU BUTULESCU

JULY 2008

ISBN: 978-8799245628

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Aforismer udvalgt og oversat af Camelia Elias & Bent Sørensen. Anmeldt af K.T. Hansen. Denne samling aforismer introducerer læseren til den rumænske forfatter, politiker og doktor i mineralogi, Valeriu Butulescu. Denne samling består af udvalgte aforismer fra flere af Butulescus værker, som i øvrigt er blevet oversat til 32 andre sprog. Aforismerne er på linje med den store tyske og franske tradition men har også deres egen rumænske skarphed og klang. Butulescu er i en klasse for sig. Oversætterne, Elias og Sørensen, som her introducerer både aforismegenren og Butulescu, er begge universitetslektorer og forsker bl.a. i kortprosa.


eight-senses-cover-frontEIGHT SENSES PLUS TWO

CAMELIA ELIAS

JULY 2008

ISBN: 978-8799245611

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This volume of prose poems takes the reader through a journey which starts in the living-room. At the core of the collection are a number of Socratic dialogic exchanges between the main speaker of each poem and a number of other figures (fictional and non-fictional). The initiating conversations between a woman and a man continue through dialogues between the woman speaker and other voices (mainly academics and writers) and culminate with exchanges between the woman’s voice and that of literary protagonists. There is an intended symmetry at work between the poems which are dedicated to real-life authors and the poems which are dedicated to fictional characters. The poems show how literature is entangled with the geography of being on more than one level


untitled-cover-front2UNTITLED

CAMELIA ELIAS, editor

JULY 2008 

ISBN: 978-8799245659

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The present collection focuses on the use and function of titles in various cases of postmodern American and Scottish literature. While the postmodern may at first glance appear to seek to transcend the religious practices of yesteryear and associate itself with a distrust of grand narratives such as Christianity, it may as easily be claimed that much postmodern literature in fact investigates the interstices between narrative traditions and conventions, in order to explore what might be left of the sublime or mystical in narratives and in textuality per se. The essays specifically engage with instances of titles and titling as may be termed problematic titling, conspicuous over-titling, limit titles, or meta-titles.