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The Double Cipher

Encounter Between Word and Image in Bonnefoy, Tardieu and Michaux

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Adelia V. Williams

This multi-disciplinary study of three contemporary French poets, Yves Bonnefoy, Jean Tardieu, and Henri Michaux, originally re-examines the question of interarts relations in twentieth century French studies. Adelia Williams focuses on three poets who have devoted a central portion of their oeuvre to the plastic arts, showing the complexity with which they have formulated a poetic vision informed by profound reflection on the visual arts. By successfully combining modern and post-modern thought with literary theory, cultural criticism, and art history, this book is an important contribution to interdisciplinary explorations of the roots of modernism.
Contents: This study shows the complex dynamic between word and image for three contemporary French poets, whose works represent a prominent contribution to both literature and art history.