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


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The Visionary Spaces of Jorge Luis Borges and Xul Solar

Lois Parkinson ZAMORA

University of Houston

Friendship is the one redeeming Argentine passion.

Jorge Luis Borges

One of my great pedagogical pleasures is what we used to call slide lectures and now call powerpoints, if by this latter term we mean visual images projected for the consideration of our viewers and not merely bullet points to be read and repeated. In this visual/verbal medium, my viewers contemplate a series of images as I draw attention to details of style and content to construct my argument. A slide lecture is often less formal than a verbal lecture, and yet more rigorous in its requirement that images create a historical and cultural context, advance my argument and confirm my conclusions. However, when a slide lecture becomes a printed essay, as is the case with the text you are reading, things change, but not too much, I hope. My aim is to maintain the informality and immediacy of the visual argument that I presented at the University of Chicago in September, 2012. To this end, I will refer to “slides” in my text and ask you to refer to them on this website in the order that I mention them: You may need to give it a moment to upload.

I begin with photographs of Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges...

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