Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’œil

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

by Leslie Boldt (Volume editor) Corrado Federici (Volume editor) Ernesto Virgulti (Volume editor)
©2009 Monographs 315 Pages


The essays in Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’œil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives investigate the subject of deception and falsehood from various perspectives. Classical, modernist and postmodern texts and art forms, both visual and performative, are examined in frames of reference that range from aesthetics and literary theory to cognitive science. In some cases, deception and falsehood are seen to have positive connotations, and, in other cases, their negative dimensions are highlighted. The complexity of these terms and their relationship with truth and truthfulness are put on display by the contributors to this volume.


Publication date
2008 (December)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XIV, 315 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Leslie Boldt (Volume editor) Corrado Federici (Volume editor) Ernesto Virgulti (Volume editor)

The Editors: Leslie Boldt-Irons has published primarily in the field of twentieth-century French literature. She has edited a critical anthology On Bataille (1995) and has translated into English Bataille’s L’Expérience intérieure, Inner Experience (1988). She has published and delivered papers on the works of Artaud, Camus, Balzac, Malraux, Kristeva, and Baudrillard among other authors, and is also interested in the intersections between the visual and literary art of France. Corrado Federici is the coeditor, with E. Raventós-Pons, of Literary Texts and the Arts: International Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2003) and the translator of Italian Women Poets (2002) edited by B. Frabotta; Titian by F. Pedrocco (2000); Communication: The Power of Location. Essays on Adespotic Aesthetics (Peter Lang, 2000) by L. Nanni; and Last Judgment: Volume 1 – The Restoration (1999) by the Vatican Museums. Federici has also published on modern Italian novelists and poets, including, Pirandello, Buzzati, Svevo, Eco, Tabucchi, Montale, and Saba. His areas of research are modern Italian poetry and novel, translation, and translation theory. Ernesto Virgulti is Associate Professor of Italian and former Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada), where he teaches courses in Italian language, literature, cinema, and pedagogy. He is also Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brock. His publications and research interests include Medieval European and Italian narrative (especially Boccaccio’s Decameron), literary theory (narratology, semiotics), modern Italian theatre (with a book on Luigi Pirandello) and cinema. Boldt-Irons, Federici, and Virgulti are co-editors of Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2007) and Images and Imagery: Frames, Borders, Limits – Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2005).


Title: Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’œil