Literature with Other Arts
Edited By Haun Saussy and Gerald Gillespie
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.
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