The essays in
Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’œil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives investigate the subject of deception and falsehood from various perspectives. Classical, modernist and postmodern texts and art forms, both visual and performative, are examined in frames of reference that range from aesthetics and literary theory to cognitive science. In some cases, deception and falsehood are seen to have positive connotations, and, in other cases, their negative dimensions are highlighted. The complexity of these terms and their relationship with truth and truthfulness are put on display by the contributors to this volume.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XIV, 315 pp., num. ill.
Contents: Roberto Nickel: Disguising Helen: The Polymorphous Wife in the Odyssey – Carol U. Merriam: The Seductiveness
of Deception: Ovid’s Advice to Lovers – Sally Hickson: More than Meets the Eye: Giulio Romano, Federico II Gonzaga, and the
Triumph of Trompe-l’œil at the Palazzo del Te in Mantu – John Picchione: Baroque Poetry in Italy: Deception, Illusion, and
Epistemological Shifts – Vincent Francavilla: The Masks of Comedy: A General Theory Applied to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer
Night’s Dream – Albert N. Katz: On the Science and Art of Sarcasm – Catherine Parayre: Panoramic Trompe-l’œil: C’était
tout une vie, by François Bon – Brian Lightbody: Leaving the Island of Cyclops: Practicing an «Aural» Genealogy within
the Surrealist Community of Fellowship – Michael Berman: Deception of the Self in Zamyatin’s We – Tamara El-Hoss: Veiling/Unveiling
in Tahar Ben Jelloun’s The Sacred Sand Child: Disguise and Deception of the Female Protagonist – Jeannette Gaudet:
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Marie Redonnet’s Candy Store and Nevermore – Richard Smolinski: Matthew Barney’s
Strategic and Critical Disguises: Cremaster 3 and Masculine Performativity – Maurice Yacowar: Famous Film Failures
- or Our Lapse in «Poetic Faith» – R. Bruce Elder: Deception as Aggression: Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou
– Catherine Heard: Uneasy Associations: Wax Bodies Outside the Canon – Linda Carreiro: What Lies Beneath: The Female Anatomy
Flap Revealed – Rebekah Zwanzig: Why Must God Show Himself in Disguise? An Exploration of Sufism within Farid Attar’s «The
Conference of the Birds» – Anna Ghiglione: Deception in Chinese Buddhist Thinking: Reflections from the Lotus Sūtra and
the Vimalakīrti Sūtra.