The work of Joshua Clover blends the worlds of poetry and economic crisis.
Poet, communist, cultural critic, translator, editor, and professor of literature and critical theory at the University of California Davis, Clover has published three acclaimed volumes of poetry: Madonna anno domini, The Totality for Kids and his most recent, Red Epic, published by Commune Editions, a small publisher founded by Clover and fellow poets Jasper Bernes and Juliana Spahr. He has also published two books of cultural theory: The Matrix (a BFI study of the film), and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About, “a tour de force of lyrical theory [which] boldly reimagines how we understand both pop music and its social context in a vibrant exploration of a year famously described as ‘the end of history.’”
Born in 1962 in Berkeley, California, and a continuing Bay Area resident, Clover’s forthcoming book Riot Strike Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, to-be published by Verso, explores the historical development of riots from a tactic for worker’s wage demands to post-1968 occupations challenging corporate and government malignance.
Clover will give a talk on riots as historical phenomena, on Saturday October 3 at the I. FELL building, located at 415 W 4th Street, at 5pm, followed by a reading from Red Epic as a part of the Ledge Mule Press Poetry Project.
Joshua Clover, professor of English, University of California @ Davis, specializes in 20th Century anglophone poetry and poetics, political economy, crisis theory, with an emphasis on political struggle in literature, environment, feminism, and cultures of finance. His book Riot.Strike.Riot: the New Era of Uprisings, a theorization of riot as historical phenomenon, is forthcoming from Verso in 2016. He has contributed articles to journals from Representations to Critical Inquiry, and keeps a column at The Nation. He has also published three books of poetry, most recently Red Epic.
“Talking Hotel Arbat Blues,” by Handsome Furs
“Run This Town,” by Jay-Z with Rihanna and Kanye West
“White Riot,” by The Clash
“Paper Planes,” by MIA
Interview With Joshua Clover by Ian Beattie (May 9, 2012)
The Epic 200-Tweet Story #HowIQuitSpin Is a Piece of Pop Culture Art
“Police Eyes: A Conversation with Joshua Clover” by Anne Lesley Selcer (November 29, 2013)
“The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community” by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James
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Joe Mabel (Joshua Clover participating in the “The Worst Song Roundtable”, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Pop Conference 2015. JBL Theatre, EMP Museum, Seattle, Washington.)
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