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Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines

Literature with Other Arts


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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Nordic Friends



Brigham Young University

Artistic interdisciplinarity has almost as long or perhaps an even longer history than any of the individual arts as we understand and categorize them today. Combinations of artistic modes of expression have indeed developed in many combinations like music and poetry, song and dance, or narration and drama. It is obvious that varying combinations of poetry and music—to mention only two—have continued into the present day in forms as diverse as rap to the continuing tradition of the classical Lieder. Many artists are experimenting with forms as distinctly modern as light shows in conjunction with architecture and drama configured for the computer monitor by abstract and randomly generated visual patterns. The intersection of art forms I wish to investigate is not as strikingly contemporary as these, yet draws on technical possibilities only available since the mid-twentieth century. I will try to show the remarkable way the artistic inspiration of three Swedish friends—all highly appreciated artists—working in media not typically drawn together has intersected to produce an impressive, intellectually challenging, and interpretatively thought-provoking body of work. My intention, thus, is not to offer any kind of theoretical foundation for the interrelation—or more precisely intersection—among their modes of artistic expression, but rather to present a case study of their collaborative work although the artists involved were loath to use that term. The three in alphabetic order are Sven-Erik Bäck, Björn Erling Evensen,...

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