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Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts

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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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Some Intersections between Landscape and Poetry in Afrikaans Poetry since 1990

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Hein VILJOEN

North-West University, South Africa

One classical intersection between poetry and landscapes is Horace’s view that poems are like pictures. Or that, to misquote Simonides of Kos slightly, a landscape is a mute poem and a poem a talking landscape.

Horace wrote:

ut pictura poesis: erit quae, si propius stes,te capiat magis, et quaedam, si longius abstes;haec amat obscurum, volet haec sub luce videri,iudicis argutum quae non formidat acumen;haec placuit semel, haec deciens repetita placebit. (Horace 361–65)

A poem is like a painting: the closer you stand to this one the more it will impress you, whereas you have to stand a good distance from that one; this one demands a rather dark corner, but that one needs to be seen in full light, and will stand up to the keen-eyed scrutiny of the art-critic; this one only pleased you the first time you saw it, but that one will go on giving pleasure however often it is looked at. (Dorsch 91–92)

The words of Horace, up to abstes, are the words that the South African poet Breyten Breytenbach uses as a motto for his 1993 collection Nege landskappe van ons tye bemaak aan die beminde (Nine Landscapes of our Times Bequeathed to the Beloved).

What this means is in dispute. Horace regards poems as comparable to pictures, not because they are similar, but because they can,...

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