The Ass: An Organizing Principle

IMAGE: Smuggler, Ceuta, Spain/ Morrocco.

The first class will be divided into three parts: an introduction to the history of DIY materials and more specifically, the ‘zine; a discussion of Freud, the fetish, and fashion; and of course, an introduction to the subject, class materials, and one another.


Suzan-Lori Parks: The Rear End Exists (hand-out)
Georges Bataille: Solar Anus
Sigmund Freud, “FETISHISM” (1927) Miscellaneous Papers, 1888-1938. Vol. 5 of Collected Papers. 5 vols. London: Hogarth and Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1924-1950. 198-204. (Hand-out)
Butt Magazine (purchase at Printed Matter, Spoonbill and Sugartown, and St, Mark’s Bookstore)
Sample images of cosmetic surgeries to the buttocks (hand-out) Designing beneath clothing.


Yoko Ono, “Fours” (1967)
Josephine Baker in “Princess Tam Tam” as mentioned in Parks essay

Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) on zines
Riot Girl Retrospective


The Elbow and the Sleeve from the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861–65
United States Surgeon General’s Office
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870–88

The Ass in Negative from Fred Mueller Inc.
Muellers Stockmen’s Supplies Catalog No. 152, 1951-1952

The Caged Ass and another example Victoria and Albert Museum


Daphne Ann Brooks:The End of the Line: Josephine Baker and the Politics of Black Women’s Corporeal Comedy

Frank Zappa reading William Burroughs “The Talking Asshole”


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