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The Seeming and the Seen

Essays in Modern Visual and Literary Culture


Beverly Maeder, Jürg Schwyter, Ilona Sigrist and Boris Vejdovsky

Taking their cue from the polymorphous relationship between word and image, the essays of this book explore how different media translate the world of phenomena into aesthetic, intellectual or sensual experience. They embrace the media of poetry, fiction, drama, engraving, painting, photography, film and advertising posters ranging from the early modern to the postmodern periods. At the heart of the volume lie essays on works that characteristically perform intriguing interactions between the verbal and visual modes. They discuss the manifold ways in which artists as different as William Blake or Gertrude Stein, Diane Arbus or Stanley Kubrick heighten the tension between the linguistic and the seen. Taken both individually and collectively, this volume’s contributions illuminate the problematics of how readers and spectators/lookers transform verbal and visual representation into worlds of seeming.
Contents: Ann Fisher-Wirth: Your Photograph Glen Coe – The Editors: Introduction – Robert Rehder: The branches go in different directions. The branches thin out, hesitate – J. Hillis Miller: Digital Blake – Roelof Overmeer: Filming/Seeing Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick’s Last Odyssey – Neil Forsyth: Shakespeare and the Talkies – Alison D. Goeller: ‘What Comes from Inside’: The Politics of Race in Eudora Welty’s WPA Photographs – Cristina Giorcelli: Where is the Woman? Rosanna Warren’s ‘Bonnard’ – Robert Rehder: The Whiteness of the Whale. The Frontier. Personal Best – Lawrence Buell: Dangerous Propinquities: Rhetoric and Image versus Sound in Whitmanian Poetics – Martine Hennard Dutheil: Modelling for Bluebeard: Visual and Narrative Art in Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ – Franziska Gygax: The Portrait as Word and (A)Head: Gertrude Stein and the Staging of (Her)Self – Ilona Sigrist: Seeing and Being Blind through Narrative: The Use of the Visual in Two Historical Fictions by Margaret Atwood – Robert Rehder: From The Kleist Sonatas – Hartwig Isernhagen: Emma’s Attitudes: Melancholy and/as Representation – Didier Maillat: The Advertising Snare: Indexicals and Images in Ads – Agnieszka Soltysik: A Secret about a Secret: The Relation between Caption and Photo in Diane Arbus’s Work – Boris Vejdovsky: Wounded Bodies and Torn Canvas: Images of Life and Death in Hemingway and Picasso – Christina Ljungberg: Rituals of Remembrance: Photography and Autobiography in Postmodern Texts – Robert Rehder: Two Photographs by Peter Halter.