On Recent Academic Book Cover Art & Font

So I’ve been continuing my humanities and posthumanities reading project, and continue my life of hearing voices.  I keep thinking I’m going to ditch this blog and start a new one and sometimes I come up with a good WordPress url and set one up, but it never seems right. I don’t know what this blog is becoming but I continue to get hits, want to share my writing and thoughts, and considering I am schizophrenic, am interested in the imaginary, should read Sartre’s The Imaginary, should write about the cover of it at Routledge, etc, and as Sartre and others have written about the mental image, I keep coming back to the idea that the idea behind (or at least the title) isn’t so bad. It’s just a fluid thing, and that’s ok. There seems to be an interesting thing among my generation were we seem to want to package ourselves, the purple cow effect as I’ve written earlier, but my identity is a fluid thing, un-anchored, and I have to get use to that. This is a place I write. I may start a new blog, but I am going to resist the need to brand myself. I just got my laptop back and it’s not working great, but it has my programs on it so I plan to make some new images soon. For now I want to write about more cover art, this time on academic book covers that I have been reading or reading around.

universe of thingsafter natureprismatic ecology

One trend I’ve noticed and that appeals to me for whatever reason is obscured sans serif on academic cover art, mostly in recent writings in the post humanities. The three books, found here, here, and here. In all three the helvitica title of the book, and not the author name, is covered by a fore- or I would say mid ground. The title, that is the ‘text’ of the title, as receded to the background. All three of these books fit in the realm of posthumanities and are concerned with both ecocriticism, and the idea of anthropocentricism, but have different view points. There’s a history to theory and to criticism, both cultural, medial, and literary, and I think the ‘literary’ has ceded towards the background, to history. At least this is my impression and I may be in an ec(h)o-chamber. But the text of the title is mediated, my what some ecotheorist and –philosophers call true media (or the image thereof), that of nature: natural branches and what looks like (might?) be natural pigments.

I also think it’s interesting that the book titles are in a sans serif, helvitica- or futura-like font, associated with Bahaus and new objectivity – and one can see a link with the idea associated with these writers and the “objectivity” of object-oriented ontology.

Anyway compare these images that foreground the natural with this novel that involves a garden:

the moonlit garden

And of course Zizek’s book, which actually looks like it there’s a background of written text foregrounded infront by a torn up helvitica.



and a book that touches on critical university studiese, what seems to be the new nexus of theory and criticism:


academic freedom