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Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’œil

Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Leslie Boldt, Corrado Federici and Ernesto Virgulti

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.
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.