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Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts


Edited By Haun Saussy and Gerald Gillespie

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.
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Introduction. On the Corner


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On the Corner


University of Chicago

In the first days of September 2012, the contributors to this volume gathered in the screening room of the University of Chicago’s new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Drills and hammers still resounded in the halls of this building designed to bring the practice of visual and performing arts together with scholarly inquiry. In it, sculpture studios abut scenery workshops; visitors walk through painting exhibits on their way to a dance recital; film editing goes on next door to chamber music rehearsals and small-group discussions of Gilgamesh. The site of our conversations gave plausibility, I like to think, to our shared investigation of “intersections, interferences, interdisciplines: literature with other arts.” The University of Chicago and the International Comparative Literature Association (Association internationale de littérature comparée) supported them in other ways; I should like to thank President Robert Zimmer, Provost Thomas Rosenberg, Dean of Humanities Martha Roth, and President of the ICLA Steven Sondrup for their kind interest. Lois Parkinson Zamora, President of the American Comparative Literature Association, graciously agreed to give our opening address, in a sign of the international and inter-organizational cooperation that framed our enterprise.

Though the site and the occasion favored it, is inter-arts comparison a worthy and urgent topic for literary scholarship today? One objection comes quickly to mind: to wit, that the subject remains entirely within the domain of...

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