PU MEMBER Research 





As an international intercultural program Transart is open to a variety of systems for citation/referencing. Students need to agree upon a coherent system with their individual advisor.

Overview of systems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation
MLA*: https://www.library.cornell.edu/research/citation/mla + cheat sheet
Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org
CMS Online Quick Guide: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
Harvard Style: http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/c.php?g=655606&p=4607474
Cite them Right Online: https://www.citethemrightonline.com/

* Required format for first year students from “Praxis Enrichment”




Amanda J. Russell, ( Dip H.E., BA hons, MSc, MCillip)
Senior Information Specialist (Art,Design, Tourism, Hospitality et al)
Charles Seale Hayne Library, Plymouth University

PU librarian Amanda Russell comes to each summer residency to explain and guide students through PU library resources.
In addition, she offers one-on-one sessions by sign up directly after her course for those with specific research topics.

Special support services
First check the libguide at http://plymouth.libguides.com/arts
As well as the general options on the main page, most of what you will need will be under art Practice. Primo is a good start. 

If you can’t find what you need, email her at amanda.russell@plymouth.ac.uk

Contact her also if you need a copy of a journal article or book chapter from our non e-resources in the library. They can even post books to you (postal charges will apply).

(Expect to hear back within a week) 

Types of queries Amanda can answer:

  • Searching advice and techniques.

  • Access problems to e-resources.

  • Problems using library resources.

  • General trouble shooting queries related to all things library.

Liaison with Subject Librarian, special support and IT.

Information about IT including problems with the portal, Tulip sites etc.
Contact support at: openaccess@plymouth.ac.uk




On this page we’ve asked Faculty to post short general reading lists that they think might be useful to students, and that reflect their own interests and specializations. Below please find additional resources.

Michael Bowdidge
Arnheim, R. (1974) Art and Visual Perception. Berkeley, University of California Press.
Bachelard, G. (1994) The Poetics of Space. Boston, Mass., Beacon Press.
de Duve, T. (1996) Kant after Duchamp. Boston, Mass., The MIT Press.
Foster, H., Krauss, R., Bois, Y. and Buchloh, B. (2004) Art since 1900. London, Thames and Hudson.
Hall, J. (1999) The World as Sculpture. London, Chatto and Windus.
Kocur, Z. and Leung, S. (eds.) Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985. Oxford, Blackwell.
Roberts, J. (2007) The Intangibilities of Form. London, Verso.
Schroeder, W. (2005) Continental Philosophy. Oxford, Blackwell.
Smith, P. and Wilde C. (eds.) (2002) A Companion to Art Theory. Oxford, Blackwell.
Wittgenstein, L. (1953) Philosophical Investigations. 3rd edition. Translated from the German by Anscombe, G. E. M., Oxford, Blackwell.

Jean Marie Casbarian
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, New Directions Publishing Corp, 2007
John Cage, Silence; Lectures and Writings by John Cage, Wesleyan University Press, 1961
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Dictee, University of California Press, 2001
Tacita Dean, Film,Tate Publishing, 2011
Miwon Kwon , One Place After Another; Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity, MIT Press, 2004
Xavier de Maistre, Voyage Around My Room, The Selected Works of Xavier de Maistre, New Directions Publishing Corp, 1994
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Penguin Books, 1997
Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist On Mars, Vintage Books, 1995
Amy Scholder, In the Shadow of the American Dream / The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz, Grove Press, 1999
Robert Smithson [Edited by Jack Flam], Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, University of California Press, 1996
Sven Spieker, The Big Archive ; Art from Bureaucracy, MIT Press, 2008
Lawrence Weschler, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, University of California Press, 1982
David Campany, Photography and Cinema, [Exposures] Reaktion Books, 2008

William S. Burroughs, The Invisible Generation, experimental text, 1962
Lucy Grealy, Mirrorings, Harper’s Magazine, February, 1993
Andrea Fraser, Why Does Fred Sandbeck’s Work Make Me Cry, The MIT Press: Grey Room, No. 22, Winter, 2006

Geoff Cox
Adorno, T. (1978) Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life. London: Verso.
Arendt, H. (1998) The Human Condition. 1958; Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Art & Research: A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods, Vol 2. No. 2, Spring 2009,
Berardi, F. (2009) The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).
Guattari, F. (1995) Chaosophy. Ed. Sylvere Lotringer. New York: Semiotext(e).
Laporte, D. (2000) History of Shit. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000.
MacLeod, K. and Holdridge, L. (2009) Thinking Through Art: Reflections on Art as Research, Routledge.
Schwab, M. Ed. (2012) The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), issue 2,
Terranova, T. (2004) Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. London: Pluto Press, 2004.
Virno, P. and Hardt, M. eds., (1996) Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Anna Gibbs
Hélène Cixous, ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ [1975], trans. Keith Cohen and Paula Cohen, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 1:4 (1976)

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism (Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1989)

The Space Between: Australian women writing fictocriticism (eds Amanda Nettelbeck and Heather Kerr, Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 1998)

bell hooks, “Coming to Voice” from Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

Melissa Gregg and Greg Seigworth, eds The Affect Theory Reader

Katrina Schlunke: Bluff Rock, the autobiography of a massacre

Christine Wertheim and Matias Viegener, eds The Noulipian Analepts

Taussig, M. (1993) Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses. New York: Routledge.

Lingis, Alphonso. Sensation: Intelligibility in Sensibility. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996.

Serres, Michel (2009). The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies, trans. Margaret Sankey and Peter Cowley. London: Continuum

Abrams, David. (1996) The Spell of the Sensuous, New York: Vintage

Stewart, Kathleen. (2007). Ordinary affects. Durham: Duke University Press.

Walter Benjamin, ‘One Way Street’

Bachelard, G. (1964) The poetics of space, New York: Beacon Books.

Gannon, S. (2009) Writing poetry in/to place. In C. Leggo, M. Prendergast & P. Sameshima. (Eds) Poetic inquiry: Vibrant voices in the social sciences. (209-218) Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Ingold, T. (2011). Being alive: Essays on movement, knowledge and description. Abingdon: Routledge.

Certeau,  Michel  (1984). The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: A History of Walking. New York: Viking, 2000. 

Caroline Bergval, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, Vanessa Place: I’ll Drown My Book: conceptual writing by women

Fred Wahl & Amy De’ath eds Toward. Some. Air. (Remarks on Poetics…)

Rotman, Brian, (2002). ‘The Alphabetic Body’, parallax, 2002, vol. 8, no. 1, 92–104.

Ong, Walter. J. (1982). Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. London: Methuen.

Benjamin, Walter (2002). “The Knowledge That the First Material on which the Mimetic Faculty Tested Itself’ [1936] , Selected Writings vol. 3, 1935-1938, eds Howard Eiland and Michael W Jennings. Cambridge, Mass and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Noland, Carrie (2009). Agency and Embodiment: performing gestures/producing culture. Harvard U Press

Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Genres and Interfaces. Eds Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla. Bielefeld: Transcript. 365-390.

Joe Brainard I Remember

George Perec I Remember

Harry Mathews ‘The Orchard’

Joanne Burns, ‘Autobiography’ in On A Clear Day http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/burns-joanne/autobiography-0178038

Pam Brown, “I remember dexedrine” http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/brown-pam/i-remember-dexedrine-1970-0212092#

Templeton, Fiona (1997) Cells of Release, New York: Roof Books

John Frow, “Toute la mémoire du monde: Repetition and Forgetting” in Time and Commodity Culture (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1997), pp. 218-46.

Jacques Derrida,  “Archive Fever” 

Meera Atkinson and Michael Richardson eds, Traumatic Affect

Pierre Nora, Realms of Memory

M NourbeSe Philip, Zong! (2008) 

Eileen Myles, Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) (2010)

Natalie Harkin, Dirty Words

Theresa Hak Yung Cha, Dictée

Gail Scott, The Obituary (2012)

Susan Schultz, Dementia Blog (2008)

Susan Howe, The Midnight (2003)

David Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration (1992)

Samuel R. Delany Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999)

Patrick Modiano, Dora Bruder (1997)

Matias Viegener, 2,500 Random Things About Me Too

Laura Gonzalez
John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005 [1984]
Sophie Calle, Take Care of Yourself, Paris: Dis Voir/Actes Sud, 2007
Hélène Cixous, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998
Georges Didi-Huberman, The Invention of Hysteria, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004
Marcel Duchamp, The Writings Of Marcel Duchamp, Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 1989
Tim Etchells, Certain Fragments: Contemporary Performance and Forced Entertainment, London: Routledge, 1999
Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes, Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy, London: Routledge, 2011
Darian Leader, Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing, London: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004
Peggy Phelan, Unmarked: The Politics of Performance, London: Routledge, 2003
Slavoj Zizek and Renata Salecl, eds, Gaze and Voice As Love Objects, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996

Caroline Koebel
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
Hélène Cixous, Coming to Writing and Other Essays
Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
Elizabeth Grosz, Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power
Amelia Jones, Body Art: Performing the Subject
Teresa de Lauretis, Alice Doesn’t: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema
Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Paul Virilio, The Information Bomb

Steve Lambert
Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit
The Strategic Questioning Manual by Fran Peavey
Only Joking by Jimmy Carr
Sataristas by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion
Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation
Anything by George Saunders
Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity Through Social Marketing: Current Practices and Recommendations by Rina Alcalay, PhD and Robert Bell, PhD
Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community Based Social Marketing – Doug MacKenzie Mohr and William Smith
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Dr. Neal Fiore

Peg Raws (2013) Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity. Routledge.
Alain de Botton (2008) The Architecture of Happiness. Vintage.
Anthony Vidler (1994) The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely. MIT Press.
Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (2013) Experiments with Life Itself: Radical Domestic Architectures between 1937 and 1959.
Donald Judd (2016) Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959–1975: Gallery Reviews, Book Reviews, Articles, Letters to the Editor, Reports, Statements, Complaints. Judd Foundation.
Elizabeth Wilson (1991) The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women. University of California Press.
Celeste Olalquiaga (1992) Megalopolis: Contemporary Cultural Sensibilities. University of Minnesota Press.
Jane Rendall (2010) Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism. I.B. Tauris.

Michel de Certeau (1998) The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press.
Ben Highmore. (2010) Ordinary Lives: Studies in the Everyday. Routledge.
Henri Lefebvre (2013) Rythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. Bloomsbury Revelations.
Kathleen Stewart (2007) Ordinary Effects. Duke University Press.

Susan Sontag (1978) I, etcetera: Stories. Farrar Straus & Giroux
Paul Feyerabend (1994) Killing Time. University of Chicago Press.
Jo Anne Beard (1999) The Boys of My Youth. Back Bay Books.
Edward Said. (2000) Out of Place: A Memoir. Vintage.
Elif Batuman (2010) The Possessed. Adventures with Russian books and the People Who Read Them. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Ariel Levy (2017) The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir. Random House.
Rachel Cusk (2017) Transit: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Durga Chew-Bose (2017) Too much and Not the Mood: Essays. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Lydia Davis (2007) Varieties of Disturbances. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Home/the Uncanny
Patty Smith (2015) M Train. Vintage.
Marc Augé (2013) No Fixed Abode: Ethnofiction. Seagull Books.
Joan Didion (2004) Where I Was From. Vintage.
Barbara Cassin (2016) When Are We Ever Home? Fordham Press.
Pico Iyer (2000) The Global Soul: Jetlag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home. Vintage.

Jonah Lehre (2007) Proust was a Neuroscientist. Mariner Books.
Svetlana Boym (2001) The Future of Nostalgia. Perseus Books.
Sara Majka (2016) Cities I’ve Never Lived In. Gray Wolf Press.
Ottessa Moshfegh (2017) Homesick for Another World. Penguin Press.
Mary Schneider Enriquez (2017) Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning. Harvard Art Museums.
Susan Stewart. (1992) On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collective. Duke Press.

Richard Andrews (1992) James Turrell: Sensing Space. Henry Art Gallery. note: “Light is Material,” Miwon Kwon
Guillermo Zuaznabar (2014) Open Enclosed: Donald Judd. Actar.
Jessica Bradley (1998) Displacements: Miroslaw Balka, Doris Salcedo, Rachel Whiteread. Art Gallery of Ontario.
Pamela Lee (1999) Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta. MIT Press.
Gaston Bachelard (1994) The Poetics of Space. Beacon Press.
Elizabeth Grosz (2001) Architecture from the Inside Out. MIT Press.
Beatriz Colomina (1996) Sexuality and Space. Princeton Papers.
Henri Lefebvre (1992) The Production of Space. Wiley-Blackwell.
Roland Barthes (1981) Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Hill and Wang.
Thijs Lijster (201) Spaces for Criticism: Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourse. Valiz.
Homi K. Bhabha(1994) The Location of Culture. Routledge.

Paul Feyerabend (1975) Against Method. Verso Books.
Pamela M. Lee (2006) Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s. MIT Press.
David Batchelor (2000) Chromophobia. Reaktion Books.

Rosi Braidotti (2011) Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti. Columbia University Press.
Bruce Chatwin (1996) Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989. Viking.
Alain de Botton (2004) The Art of Travel. Vintage.
Trinh T. Minh-ha (2011) Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event. Routledge.
Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari. (1987) A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. University of Minnesota Press

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