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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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Hans-Joachim Backe is post-doctoral researcher at the Department of General and Comparative Literature at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is the author of Strukturen und Funktionen des Erzählens im Computerspiel (2008), winner of the Anna Balakian Memorial Award of 2010, and co-editor of From Ritual to Romance and Beyond: Comparative Literature and Comparative Religious Studies (2011). Since 2010, he has been chairperson of ICLA’s Research Committee on Comparative Literature in the Digital Age. His research interests include literary theory, transmedia narratology, games studies, comic studies, and literature of the 19th to 21st century.

Recently Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-III, Jean Bessière is a former president of ICLA. He is the author or editor of several dozen books dealing with literary theory, rhetoric, the status of literature and its philosophical backgrounds since the nineteenth century, and theory of the novel. Among his newest publications are Le roman contemporain ou la problématicité du monde (PUF, 2010) and Questionner le roman (PUF, 2012).

Lucia Boldrini is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations (2001), Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction (2012), and editor of various collections of essays, including Medieval Joyce (2002), Fractured, Transformed, Travelling Narratives (Comparative Critical Studies 10.3, 2013), and New Work in Comparative Literature in Europe (CLCWeb 15.7, 2013).

Dorothy Figueira is a...

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