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Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts

by Haun Saussy (Volume editor) Gerald Gillespie (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 263 Pages

Summary

This volume advances the study of how the high arts and literature are reciprocally illuminating and interactive. Seventeen scholars from North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe demonstrate the dynamics of cross-referentiality and mixtures involving also newer and popular arts and media: photography, film, video, comics, dance, opera, computer imaging, and more. They consider an expanded universe of discourses embracing contemporary science as well as traditional subject matters. Discussions of theoretical and methodological approaches keep company here with intensively focused case studies of works in which discourses and media establish new relationships. Together, the chapters constitute a dazzling introduction to the diverse realm of imaginative products that the human mind can conjure in pondering the «when», «where», and «how» of existence.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction. On the Corner
  • Part I. Where?
  • Dimensionless Cities, Cosmic Selves. The Visionary Spaces of Jorge Luis Borges and Xul Solar
  • Among Schoolchildren. Joyce’s “Night Lesson” and Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe
  • The Day Europe Ended. Urban Apocalypses in the Hinge of Darkness
  • Translating the Bhagavad Gītā? From the German Lecture Hall to the Trenches of WW I/From Neo-Nazi Propaganda to the Opera Stage
  • Some Intersections between Landscape and Poetry in Afrikaans Poetry since 1990
  • Part II. What?
  • Notes sur quelques jeux de la littérature et de la peinture. Le Bonheur rhétorique de la défiguration—Barthes, Deleuze, Butor, et quelques autres
  • A Literary Straitjacket? Reflections upon Comics and Literature in Michael Chabon and Brian K. Vaughan
  • Orality Onto Paper and Into Action
  • The Artist’s Book/Book-object as “Frontiére habitable”. Literature, Art and Creative Continuity in Michel Butor’s Works
  • Haruki Murakami and Western Classical Music. Janáček’s Sinfonietta as Leitmotiv of the Novel, 1Q84
  • Part III. How?
  • Speaking of and through the Arts in Fiction after Romanticism
  • Neuro Studies of Literature and Art. Toward a Responsible Critical Methodology
  • The Application of Literature and of Music
  • “Unruly Fictions”. Literature, Mimesis and Media
  • Science, Literature and Art. An Introduction to Modern Criticism through Kobayashi Hideo
  • Nordic Friends
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

Gerald GILLESPIE & Haun SAUSSY (eds.)

Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts

“New Comparative Poetics”
No.29

The editors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Executive Council of the ICLA and the Division of Humanities, University of Chicago.

This publication has been peer-reviewed.

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.

© P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.
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ISSN 1376-3202
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About the author

HAUN SAUSSY is University Professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses in traditional Chinese literature and thought, contemporary global health, literary theory, and various other topics.

GERALD GILLESPIE is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Among his recent books are Proust, Mann, Joyce in the Modernist Context (2nd ed. 2010), Ludwig Tieck’s Puss-in-Boots and Theater of the Absurd (2013), and The Nightwatches of Bonaventura (2014).

About the book

NEW COMPARATIVE POETICS, No.30

This volume advances the study of how the high arts and literature are reciprocally illuminating and interactive. Seventeen scholars from North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe demonstrate the dynamics of cross-referentiality and mixtures involving also newer and popular arts and media: photography, film, video, comics, dance, opera, computer imaging, and more. They consider an expanded universe of discourses embracing contemporary science as well as traditional subject matters. Discussions of theoretical and methodological approaches keep company here with intensively focused case studies of works in which discourses and media establish new relationships. Together, the chapters constitute a dazzling introduction to the diverse realm of imaginative products that the human mind can conjure in pondering the “when,” “where,” and “how” of existence.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

← 6 | 7 →Table of Contents

Preface

Steven P. SONDRUP

Introduction.
On the Corner

Haun SAUSSY

Part I. Where?

Dimensionless Cities, Cosmic Selves.
The Visionary Spaces of Jorge Luis Borges and Xul Solar

Lois Parkinson ZAMORA

Among Schoolchildren.
Joyce’s “Night Lesson” and Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe

Lucia BOLDRINI

The Day Europe Ended.
Urban Apocalypses in the Hinge of Darkness

Monica SPIRIDON

Translating the Bhagavad Gītā?
From the German Lecture Hall to the Trenches of WW I/From Neo-Nazi Propaganda to the Opera Stage

Dorothy FIGUEIRA

Some Intersections between Landscape and Poetry in Afrikaans Poetry since 1990

Hein VILJOEN

Part II. What?

Notes sur quelques jeux de la littérature et de la peinture.
Le Bonheur rhétorique de la défiguration—Barthes, Deleuze, Butor, et quelques autres

Jean BESSIéRE

← 7 | 8 →A Literary Straitjacket?
Reflections upon Comics and Literature in Michael Chabon and Brian K. Vaughan

Hans-Joachim BACKE

Orality Onto Paper and Into Action

Margaret R. HIGONNET

The Artist’s Book/Book-object as “Frontiére habitable”.
Literature, Art and Creative Continuity in Michel Butor’s Works

Micéala SYMINGTON

Haruki Murakami and Western Classical Music.
Janáček’s Sinfonietta as Leitmotiv of the Novel, 1Q84

Kenichi KAMIGAITO

Part III. HOW?

Speaking of and through the Arts in Fiction after Romanticism

Gerald E.P. GILLESPIE

Neuro Studies of Literature and Art. Toward a Responsible Critical Methodology

Suzanne NALBANTIAN

The Application of Literature and of Music

Anders PETTERSSON

“Unruly Fictions”.
Literature, Mimesis and Media

Marina GRISHAKOVA

Science, Literature and Art.
An Introduction to Modern Criticism through Kobayashi Hideo

Hitoshi ŌSHIMA

Nordic Friends

Steven P. SONDRUP

Notes on Contributors

Index

← 8 | 9 →Preface

Steven P. SONDRUP

President, International Comparative Literature Association

The essays in this volume are based on a selection of presentations made at the colloquium held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the executive council of the International Comparative Literature Association in Chicago, Illinois, USA between September 5–8, 2012. The topic the participants were invited to consider was “Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines: Literature with Other Arts.” The topic and the venue were arrestingly complementary in that the colloquium took place at the University of Chicago’s new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, a remarkable facility designed specifically “to foster collaboration and creative inquiry across the artistic spectrum.” The genuine hospitality of the University of Chicago was graciously extended by its president, Robert J. Zimmer, who personally welcomed the participants, and by the most cordial organizer and host of the meeting and colloquium, Haun Saussy.

The specificity of the colloquium’s topic opened doors to wide ranging presentations. The particular focus on “Intersections, Interferences, and Interdisciplines: Literature with Other Arts” elicited imaginative thinking that extended well beyond the often more bland and less provocative cliché “Literature and the Other Arts,” an issue that has a long history of debate within the ICLA. The manner in which different art forms are conjoined in such a way that they are mutually supportive and enhancing certainly played a role, but presentations on the more rarely broached possibility of less than congenial relationships also commanded attention.

One of the important merits of the colloquium and this volume based on it is that it illustrates the thinking and critical stances of the officers of the Association and most especially of the chairs of the various research committees. These committees are one of the most valuable resources of the Association in that they stimulate collaborative investigation of a wide range of topics. They are typically organized by colleagues with a particular interest in a broad, wide-ranging topic that invites the expertise of multiple specialists. Although scholarly investigation in the humanities ← 9 | 10 →has long been seen as an individual and solitary undertaking, many of the most engaging questions confronting scholars today are becoming ever more complex and multidisciplinary and thus invite collaborative work representing varied points view and diverse backgrounds. Although the research committees are formed around a group of colleagues who have often been in touch with one another for long periods of time, they are by no means a closed or in any way exclusionary groups. Both seasoned and younger scholars are encouraged to contact the chair and express interest in the work of specific committees. New voices are particularly welcome.

The work of these research committees, of the ICLA as a whole, of its administrative bodies, and of its individual scholars has long been supported by universities throughout the world. With their assistance and sustaining collaborative relationship, the ICLA’s goal of bringing colleagues from various scholarly traditions together for intellectual consultation and conjoint research can take place. Whereas the support of the universities is often primarily logistic, the ICLA endeavors to reciprocate by organizing panels in such a way that a productive interaction with the resident faculty and students can take place. In some instances, the hosting of a meeting has had the felicitous result of helping less firmly established comparative literature programs in areas where it is a relatively new field of instruction and research extend their purview and secure their continuing growth and development.

As this volume takes its place in the extensive but still growing series of publications of the Association, its general purpose is, as all good scholarship’s, the dissemination of new ideas and precepts. If it has been maximally effective, it has done so in a collaborative manner that has involved the work of colleagues from around the world sharing a commitment to international humanistic and scholarly values that result. Appreciation is offered to the universities and other institutions of higher education that share these values and have contributed significantly to the work of the Association.

Details

Pages
263
ISBN (PDF)
9783035264272
ISBN (ePUB)
9783035296099
ISBN (MOBI)
9783035296082
ISBN (Softcover)
9782875741561
Language
English
Publication date
2014 (August)
Published
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2014. 263 pp., 7 ill.

Biographical notes

Haun Saussy (Volume editor) Gerald Gillespie (Volume editor)

Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses in traditional Chinese literature and thought, contemporary global health, literary theory, and various other topics. Gerald Gillespie is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Among his recent books are Proust, Mann, Joyce in the Modernist Context (2nd ed. 2010), Ludwig Tieck’s Puss-in-Boots and Theater of the Absurd (2013), and The Nightwatches of Bonaventura (2014).

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