The entire issue is devoted to a multi-part article on Nicolas Poussin's visual representation, in the 1660's, of the concept of social class. That set the stage for the idea of social class which crystallized in Europe more than a century later. The article treats a form of art, which in this case means painting, as part of the intellectual history of Europe, rather than as an adjunct of those pursuits, such as history, philosophy and literature, which are usually thought to constitute intellectual history. Moreover, intensive analysis of artistic objects can be treated as the data which supports and amplifies a sociological approach to the world.
I would be interested in any short articles that, in the spirit of the recently posted "A Tourist's Eye", try to spell out the mental landscape of a city a reader has grown accustomed to through tourism or extended residence. Posted items will earn their writers a "w. end ave." t-shirt.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.