Taking the politically turbulent year of 1989 as his focus, Joshua Clover maps seemingly unconnected art and music phenomena -- from late-1980s hip-hop to British rave culture and grunge -- together with events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR.
Clover is a poet, critic, journalist, and author. His fascination with pop music and its social context underpins his 2010 book 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About. His historical and musical insights forge a persuasive origin myth that further complicates a year famously termed “the end of history” by the political philosopher Francis Fukuyama.
Clover is a professor of English at UC Davis. He has contributed poetry and critical writings to more than 20 anthologies and various journals, and he writes regularly for the New York Times Sunday Book Review and The Nation.
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Presented by MFA in Comics.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.