May 13th, 2013 / 7:22 pm
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Summer Semester Reading List: Conceptual Literature

This week I begin teaching a six week summer course on conceptual literature. For those of you who might be interested, click through for the reading list I’ve assigned my students.

Introductory Materials

Stanford Encyclopedia Entry for Conceptual Art

Kenneth Goldsmith’s “Journal, Day One”

Sol Lewitt’s “Sentences on Conceptual Art”

Sol Lewitt’s “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art”

Lucy R. Lippard & John Chandler’s “The Dematerialization of Art”

Vanessa Place & Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)
by Andy Warhol

+  Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns (2006) (Part One & Part Two)

Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono
by Yoko Ono

+ Yoko Ono’s “25 Things Even My Best Friends Didn’t Know Until Now…”

+ John Lennon & Yoko Ono Two Virgins

The Address Book
by Sophie Calle

+ Sophie Calle’s 20 minute talk “Art, Biography and History” (2004) (Part One & Part Two)

+ Sophie Calle’s interview with Loiuse Neri for Interview Magazine

+ Sophie Calle’s interview with Sheila Heti for The Believer

Seven American Deaths and Disasters
by Kenneth Goldsmith

+ My interview with Goldsmith at Paris Review

+ Andrew Epstein’s “Found Poetry, “Uncreative Writing,” and the Art of Appropriation” (from The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature)

Kept Women
by Kate Durbin

+ Kate Durbin’s blog

+ Kate Durbin’s Tumblr “Women As Objects

+ Kate Durbin’s YouTube channel





[Previous reading lists I’ve posted include: “21st Century Horror” and “Major Figures in American Literature: Gertrude Stein” and “Introduction to Experimental Literature” and “American Postmodernism” and “The European Avant-Garde 1900-1945” and “20th-21st Century Experimental Short Stories“]


  1. David Tilley

      Thanks Much!

  2. Janey Smith

      your list mirrors what’s pretty much on my bookshelf

  3. mimi

      seriously worried Kate Durbin’s Tumblrrr sending mixed messages 2 girlz

      also, wish its pages were longer/more scrollable, aesthetically speaking only, that is

  4. rawbbie


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