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Re: [BKARTS] A Queer An alysis of Artists' B ooks‏



Michael -

Your questions are not questions. You seem to have things backwards from the start. A real question seeks to find out something that is not already known. You seem to have the answer already and are looking for the proof to justify the answer. This is backwards.

Start by learning all you can about your topic; then formulate a series of questions that result from what you have learned. No need for theories here at all.

Is your topic artists books or is it homosexuality and art? On what basis have you combined these two things? What evidence is there for a homosexual basis for artists books? Or, Art for that matter? What makes you think that artists books are "marginalized?"

Serious scholarship is based on unbiased and disciplined learning, not cleaver manipulations of knowledge to prove this or that.

Good luck!

Robert Tauber
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Carosone" <michaelcarosone@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 1:01 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] A Queer An alysis of Artists' B ooks‏



My name is Michael Carosone, and I am a student in the master's degree program in library and information science at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science of Long Island University (LIU). I am taking all of my classes at LIU's Manhattan site, which is New York University's (NYU) Bobst Library.

I am taking a class, "Artists' Books"; the professor is Dr. Constance Woo. For the class, I am writing a research paper on the relationship between artists' books, queer book artists, queer book arts, queer theory, queer studies, and the queer community (queer = Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender; GLBTQ).

Where can I find literature on my topic, in order to support my ideas and theory? Are there any essays, articles, books out there? I have done some research, but have not been successful. I want to write on how, both, artists' books, as an art form, is marginalized, and how the queer community is marginalized, which may be a reason as to why queer artists make artists' books. I want to do a queer reading and analysis of artists' books. I want to apply queer theory to artists' books. And I want to discover what happens when artists' books and queer theory and the queer community come together: the intersection. I am also interested in knowing if there is anything "queer" about artists' books. Maybe even start a queer discourse on artists' books.

Can you help me with any advice, suggestions, information, etc? I appreciate your help. I would also like to include your thoughts in my paper, giving you credit, of course. Can you answer some questions (below)? I appreciate your time.

1. Is there a relationship between artists' books and the queer community? Whether yes or no, please, explain.
2. Is there a queer sensibility to artists' books? Explain.
3. Is there a queer history in artists' books? Explain.
4. Can you think of any other questions that I should ask?




Thank you,
Michael Carosone










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